Kissing Disease Autoimmunity, Nipah Virus, and Premature Births

June 8, 2018
In our newest podcast, we talk about autoimmune diseases linked to the Kissing Disease, concerns over the emerging Nipah Virus, and how fetal immunity may be causing babies to be born early.

Topics

Epstein-Barr Virus and Autoimmunity (2:20-12:00)
Nipah Virus Outbreaks (12:01-20:35)
Bacteria Coats itself with IgA for Protection (23:23-32:23)
Out of Whack Fetal Immune Systems Prompt Preterm Labor (35:45-43:33)

Keywords: autoimmunity, kissing disease, mononucleosis, Nipah Virus, herpes, Epstein-barr virus, cancer, bats, reservoir, Bacteroides fragilis, IgA, gut, mucosa, bacteria, pregnancy, premature birth, fetal immunity, preterm

 

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8 Bit Science: Level One

May 21, 2018
In our new podcast, we look at the science behind popular video game franchises like Resident Evil, Final Fantasy VII, and The Last of Us!

Topics

Final Fantasy VII (Podcast from 2:35-14:20)
Resident Evil (Podcast from 14:20-26:50)
The Last of Us (Podcast from 31:50 to 44:00; Spoilers from 41:20 to 42:18)
Viruses in the Resident Evil Series
The Last of Us Part II
Stages of Infection in the Last of Us
Cordyceps: Attack of the Killer Fungi-Planet Earth with David Attenborough

Intro music “The Pirate and the Dancer” by artist Rolemusic at the Free Music Archive.

Keywords: video games, science, podcast, resident evil, final fantasy VII, Jenova, CRISPR, gene splicing, Sephiroth, virus, T-virus, mitochondria, retrovirus, reverse transcriptase, Ebola, Atari, playstation, The Last of Us, Cordyceps, fungus

 

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Understanding Malaria with Jason Lehmann

April 9, 2018
In our new podcast, we welcome guest Jason Lehmann to discuss his work with malaria, his new LEGENDplex™ promotion at BioLegend, and how class timing can influence your grades.

Topics

The Undersea LEGENDplex™ Adventure
LEGENDplex™ Plush Plexy Promotion
New human antibody prevents malaria in mice
Class time affects grades
School starts too early according to CDC

Keywords: malaria, Jason Lehmann, mosquito, parasite, infectious disease, plasmodium falciparum, vivax, Haiti, cytokines, multiplexing, LEGENDplex, CIS43, social jetlag, Beatles, octopus

 

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Stephen Hawking, Extending Lifespans, and Scaffolds in Cancer Vaccines

March 26, 2018
In our new podcast, we discuss the life of Stephen Hawking, new studies to extend lifespans, and how scaffolding in cancer vaccines promotes dendritic cell responses.

Topics

In remembrance of Stephen Hawking
SEC press release on Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes
Could Rapamycin help humans live longer?
High-Fiber Diet Shifts Gut Microbes, Lowering Blood Sugar in Diabetics
Personal cancer vaccines show promise

Keywords: Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time, ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, rapaymycin, microbiome, fiber, gut bacteria, type 2 diabetes, cancer vaccine

 

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Drug Discovery with Jonathan Deane

March 8, 2018
In our new podcast, we welcome guest Jonathan Deane from GNF to discuss both the difficult and rewarding properties of drug discovery and research.

The thoughts and opinions of our guest, Jonathan Deane, are his own personal reflections and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of The Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF).

Topics

The Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation
Jonathan Deane’s TLR7 article and painting
The American Association of Immunologists Advocacy Center
The Good and Bad of Generic Drugs
Pricing Pharmaceuticals, Parts 1 and 2
Giving a Scientific Talk, Parts 1 and 2

Keywords: Jonathan Deane, drug discovery, podcast, BioLegend, GNF, genomics institute of the Novartis research foundation, pharmaceutical, toastmasters, innate immunity, TLR7, clinical, American Association of Immunologists, lupus

 

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100,000 Download Celebration!

February 8, 2018
As we pass 100,000 downloads, we reminisce about our favorite topics, guests, and podcasts of the past five years.

Topics

Emerging Technologies in BioTech Podcast with John Ransom
GMOs, Organic Food and Science Myths Podcast with Lauren Uhde, the Biology Babe
Global Health Science Podcast with Jessica Taaffe
The Post-Doc Experience Podcast with Francesca Soncin
Interview with William Golde on T Suppressor Cells

Keywords: podcast, anniversary, T suppressor cells, Tregs, grad students, post-docs

 

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A Tough Flu Season, CRISPR Talk, and Diet Effects on Immunity

January 25, 2018
In our first podcast of the new year, we talk about the tough 2018 flu season, CRISPR immunity, and the effects of diet on immunity.

Topics

CRISPR may be ineffective in human trials due to immunity
First US CRISPR trials will target cancer
Why this year’s flu season is so much worse in the US, UK and Australia
How are subtypes of the flu named?
Is the man-flu real?
Man ruptures throat after holding in sneeze
Fast food may make your immune system more aggressive
High salt diet produces dementia in mice

Keywords: influenza, H3N2, CRISPR, fast food, salt, vaccines, man flu, Cas9, immunity, BioLegend, podcast, immunology, diet

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Cancer Checkpoints, ILCs, and Immunity Integration with Dr. Vijay Kuchroo

December 13, 2017
In our latest podcast, we speak with special guest, Dr. Vijay Kuchroo, covering cancer research, innate lymphoid cells, and the integration of immune cells into multiple systems.

Topics

The Kuchroo Laboratory
Immune Checkpoints
Innate Lymphoid Cells
Sean Parker and Cancer Immunotherapy
Immuno-Oncology Research Tools

Keywords: Dr. Vijay Kuchroo, Harvard, Tregs, Th17, ILC, innate lymphoid cells, tumor cells, immune checkpoints, TIGIT, PD-1, cancer, GWAS, synapses

 

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New Lung Platelets and Macrophages in Heartbeats and Regeneration

October 18, 2017
We discuss a new source of platelets, macrophages maintaining heartbeats, and the regenerative power of axolotls.

Topics

Anti-doping agency bans gene editing
Lungs major source of platelets
Macrophages help maintain a steady heartbeat
Macrophages may also be key to heart regeneration in axolotls
Axolotls are Masters of Regeneration
Tattoo nanoparticles make their way to lymph nodes

Keywords: axolotl, regeneration, macrophage, heartbeat, cardiomyocyte, tattoo, lymph node, platelets, lungs, CRISPR, nanoparticles

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Art in Science

September 8, 2017
We welcome graphic designers and artists at BioLegend and get their perspective on how they meld art with science.

Topics

Amanda Kwieraga Society6
Amanda Kwieraga Webpage
Cell Life Imaging Competition
Colossal: Art, Design, and Visual Culture
The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins
Print Ad Library
Wallpaper Art

Keywords: art, science, BioLegend, posters, graphics, podcast, graphic design, illustrations

 

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