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Scientists at work 35 The biotechnologist – Difinigen clone liver cells for pharmacology

We talk to Dr Marcus Yeo about how human cell production benefits drug development. Dr Yeo is from DifiniGEN, a Cambridge company that grows liver cells used to test if new drugs are harmful. Their technology comes from the Nobel … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 33 The entrepreneur – Hildago Equivital and Felix Baumgartner’s skyjump

Our guest Anmol Sood of Hildago was on the team that monitored Felix Baumgartner health as he jumped from the edge of space and reached a speed of over 800 mph. Based in Cambridge UK, the company makes the Equivital … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 32 The experimental psychologist – Cambridge Cognition tests for Alzheimers disease

Dr Jenny Barnett of Cambridge Cognition speaks about the neuropsychological tests they develop including one designed for the early detection of dementia. Their test is to be used in a government-funded field trial. And Jenny has advice for how to … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 30 The social psychologist – cleanliness and perception

Does cleanliness affect perception? University of Cambridge psychology PhD student, Dario Krpan thinks so. He discusses how the state of our body affects how we perceive things. For example, feeling more clean might harshen our judgement, and feeling pious might … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 21 The experimental psychologist – Alzheimers disease – love addiction

Experimental psychologist Brianne Kent talks to Chris Creese about memory, Alzheimer’s disease; and why love is a drug. Brianne Kent was working on a PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Cambridge. She studied Alzheimer’s disease and how memories … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 19 The sun seeker – travel advice

The Science Show’s Chris Creese looks at the science behind travel health advice and offers tips on sun cream and more. Follow-up link: Look up the area to where you’ll be travelling at the World Health Organisation who.int/ith/en and figure out what … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 08 The journal editor – parasitology and parasites

Journal editor Sally Hirst talks about a group of micro-organisms called parasites.   Tagged biology, health 30/06/2012

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Scientists at work 02 The diet doctor – promoting a Mediterranean diet

The sponsors of the London Olympic games included a fizzy drink maker; a fast food restaurant and a chocolate brand, so we go in search of advice on a healthy diet. Cambridge doctor Simon Poole offered his knowledge on healthy … Continue reading

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Scientists at work 01 The cancer researcher – working to save the Tasmanian devil

Hear about a cute animal with the less cute name of the Tasmanian Devil. It is fast becoming extinct as it can suffer from an unusual cancer that is contagious. The Science Show’s Chris Creese asks Sanger Institute researcher Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Molecular Gastronomy with Peter Barham plus Improving cycling using psychology – 105science

We talk with Peter Barham, a professor of ‘Molecular Gastronomy’ about what his delicious subject entails.  He wrote the book “The Science of Cooking”. His idea is that “a kitchen is like science laboratory”, and that cookery is indeed an … Continue reading

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Bioengineering research in Cambridge – 105science

Dr Michelle Oyen is a Reader in bioengineering at the University of Cambridge. Dy Oyen explains how materials science can be put to use in medicine where there’s a need to create surgical implants and new tissues. We hear about measuring the properties … Continue reading

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Screening for prostate cancer with Dr Hayley Whitaker – 105science

Dr Hayley Whitaker is a Cancer Research UK scientist who specialises in prostate cancer. We hear about her quest for better screening for the disease. Dr Whitaker is lead author of a study about how a particular protein helps identify if a … Continue reading

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Influenza: the flu, the virus and the vaccine with Professor Derek Smith – 105science

Professor Derek Smith of Cambridge University tells how flu, also known as Influenza, so successfully eludes the immune system. In times when cancers can be treated, FLU or INFLUENZA continues to infect vast numbers of people. And why is it … Continue reading

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Dr Mark Larché and new hope for allergy sufferers – 105science

A UK biotechnology company has been testing vaccines for common allergies. The vaccines use SPIREs (synthetic peptides that regulate immune system cells) to help people fend off their allergies to cats, grasses and dust mites. The Science Show’s Chris Creese … Continue reading

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SmartPill comes to Cambridge and we play the Science Fact and Fiction quiz – 105science

A new pill can diagnose you from the inside out. A new medical procedure offers an innovative way for doctors to find out what’s going on inside the intestine. The ‘SmartPill’ is a tablet-sized device with sensors to take measurements inside … Continue reading

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Introduction to anaesthesiology – we visit the Royal Society summer science exhibition – 105science

Hear about the wonders of anaesthesia. Have you ever had surgery in an operating theatre? If like us you wondered what the anaesthetist does, listen in to hear Dr Jessica Kentish tell us what her work entails. We met Dr Kentish on … Continue reading

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Molecular biology research at the Medical Research Council lab of Molecular Biology in Cambridge – 105science

The Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge is credited for landmark discoveries and cutting-edge techniques. This podcast offers an overview of what the LMB do, as the Science Show team visit the lab. On the occasion of the Medical Research … Continue reading

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Research into cocaine addiction – 105science

COCAINE ADDICTION is DIFFERENT. Dr Karen Ersche tells about her research into cocaine addiction. The work investigates the finding that cocaine addiction affects some people and not others. Also, unlike other addictions, there are no substitute chemicals that can be used in cocaine … Continue reading

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Drug discovery special – 105science

DifiniGEN is a new Cambridge University spin-off company who have a process for growing human liver cells. CEO Dr Marcus Yeo explains how their cells are used by pharmaceutical companies, to test if a newly discovered drug is harmful. The ability to grow … Continue reading

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Researching the invertebrate that lives in puddles: bdelloid rotifer – 105science

Professor Alan Tunnacliffe of the Cambridge University Department of Chemical Engineering tells why the bdelloid rotifer has fascinated top biologists. This microscopically tiny invertebrate lives in rain puddles. The creature can survive without water for millions of years, and by now really ought to be … Continue reading

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DifiniGEN are experts in human cell production. We talk to Dr Marcus Yeo about how this benefits drug development – 105science

Dr Marcus Yeo is from DifiniGEN, a new Cambridge company that grows liver cells to test if new drugs are harmful. Their technology comes from the Nobel Prize-winning work of Cambridge university’s Sir John Gurdon. And there’s a seriously possible … Continue reading

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Modelling chemistry of the atmosphere – 105science

We visit the Centre for Atmospheric Science in Cambridge University and speak to Professor John Pyle about modelling the atmosphere using supercomputers. See www.atm.ch.cam.ac.uk We talk about Norovirus and how to avoid it. See www.sturff.org We also reflect on New Year’s resolutions … Continue reading

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Psychology interviews including a social psychologist and also Cambridge Cognition – 105science

Happy new year from the Science Show!  With a nod to new years resolutions, we’ve put together a psychology special on memory and addiction. Experimental psychologist Brianne Kent talks to Chris Creese about Alzheimer’s disease, memory, and why love is a drug. Dr. Jenny … Continue reading

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Sky jumper Felix Baumgartner’s health monitored by Cambridge company Equivital. We talk to CEO, Anmol Sood – 105science

Our guest Anmol Sood of Hildago was on the team that monitored Felix Baumgartner health as he jumped from the edge of space and reached a speed of over 800 mph. Based in Cambridge UK, the company makes the Equivital … Continue reading

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Dr Jenny Barnett of Cambridge Cognition on neuropsychological tests – 105science

Dr Jenny Barnett of Cambridge Cognition speaks about the neuropsychological tests they develop including one designed for the easy and early detection of dementia. Their test is soon to used in a government-funded field trial. Cambridge Cognition http://www.cantab.com/ We also have … Continue reading

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Social psychology: does cleanliness affect perception? 105science

University of Cambridge psychology PhD student, Dario Krpan, discusses how the state of our body affects how we perceive things. We consider how feeling more clean might harshen our judgement, and how feeling pious might make us feel more clean. … Continue reading

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Purifying water from the energy business + Alzheimer’s disease and memory – 105science

Experimental psychologist Brianne Kent talks to Chris Creese about Alzheimer’s disease; memory and why love is a drug. We also hear from Matt Bruff of Altela Inc, a Denver company making technology that turns the most polluted water into something useful. Brianne Kent is … Continue reading

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Parasites + Holiday health – 105science

Journal editor Sally Hirst talks about an interesting group of micro-organisms called parasites. Interviewed by Roger Frost. And in Chris Creese’s holiday health tips. Chris looks at the science behind travel advice and offers tips on how sun cream works and more. Visit the World … Continue reading

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A contagious cancer + How herbicides work – 105science

Learn about a cute animal, that goes by the much less cute name of the Tasmanian Devil. It is a fast disappearing creature that can suffer from an unusual cancer that is contagious. The Science Show’s Chris Creese spoke with … Continue reading

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Making chocolate + Jargon and words in science – 105science

Chocolatier Cheryl Brighty of Artistry in Cocoa, tells Nicola Terry how chocolate is made from a cocoa pod. Cambridge science teacher Dr William Hirst talks to Roger Frost explaining that learning the language of science can improve children’s success at school. Dr … Continue reading

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Mobile phone signals + Olive oil and the Mediterranean diet – 105science

Chris Cox from the Cambourne-based, ‘IP access’ explains to Roger Frost how phones talk to radio masts; how signals decrease inside buildings and how femtocells (aka ‘small cells’) can improve signals in places and buildings with a weak signal. (With thanks to … Continue reading

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