The Story of Henrietta Lacks

February 13, 2019
In our return to the podcast, we discuss the first immortal cell line, HeLa cells, and the controversial circumstances of how they were obtained from Henrietta Lacks.


The Controversy Over HeLa Cells
The Henrietta Lacks Foundation
The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Johns Hopkins to name research building after Henrietta Lacks
Moore v. Regents of the University of California
Dat Tran and Lick-A-Bubble
Harry Potter Spoilers (15:32-15:50)

Keywords: Henrietta Lacks, podcast, HeLa cells, cell line, telomeres, telomerase, polio, senescence, Helen Lane, cancer, Johns Hopkins, George Otto Gey, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot, John Moore, David Golde

Skull Microtunnels, Gut Bacteria, and Fantasy Scientist Drafts

September 20, 2018
Check out our new podcast to learn about fast-travel for cells in the skull, gut bacteria influence on the body, and whether we’re starting a fantasy scientist draft league!


Microtunnels in the Skull (2:11-10:04)
Russia Is Opening A "Jurassic Park-Style" Research Lab (10:05-19:45)
The Fantasy Scientist Draft (22:05-26:25)
Gut Bacteria, Bullying, Junk Food, and You! (26:26-42:20)
God of War Shout-out (46:52)
Successful Placebo Pills (47:48-52:20)

Keywords: Immunology, podcast, brain, skull, marrow, microtunnels, extinction, Jurassic park, dodo, wooly mammoth, dna, fantasy football, microbiota, gut bacteria, memory, bullying, junk food, diet, psychobiotics, elderberries, Placebo Effect, honest placebo, IBD, inflammatory bowel disease


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.


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


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!


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


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.


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


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.


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


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).


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


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.


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


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.


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