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Each episode of Distillations podcast takes a deep-dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present.

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Each episode of Distillations podcast takes a deep-dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present.

    Collecting Monstrosity

    Collecting Monstrosity

    We’ve long been fascinated by the mysteries of reproduction. But that curiosity is piqued most intensely when something unexpected happens. The study of such “monstrous births,” propelled forward our understanding of how embryos and fetuses develop. And the key to unlocking this knowledge was found gathering dust in the basement of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in a macabre collection assembled by Czar Peter the Great.

    • 37 min
    Preview: New Season Coming August 4th!

    Preview: New Season Coming August 4th!

    Our new season starts August 4th! 

    • 4 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Magda Marquet

    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Magda Marquet

    In this episode we talk with Magda Marquet, a biochemical engineer and an entrepreneur. Marquet has spent decades working on DNA vaccines, one of the many techniques being used to create a vaccine for Covid-19. She sits on the board of Arcturus Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine for the disease. She tells us about how a company she co-founded, AltheaDx, is taking on the mental health crisis, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

    • 23 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Robert Langer

    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Robert Langer

    The MIT chemical engineer and entrepreneur talks about Moderna Therapeutics, a company he helped start, and his work developing a way for vaccines to self-boost in the body.

    • 23 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Mark Stevenson

    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Mark Stevenson

    In this episode we talk to Mark Stevenson, the chief operating officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, an instrumentation company that has designed a diagnostic test for the novel coronavirus. The company is also working on a serology test, which will determine who has already had the virus. He tells us how the company developed those tests and the role they play in managing this pandemic.

    • 24 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John Maraganore

    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John Maraganore

    We talk to John Maraganore, the CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, a company developing an antiviral medication for COVID-19.

    When news broke in January about the new coronavirus, John Maraganore made the decision to pause other drugs in development and pivot to working on an antiviral medication for this new infectious virus.

    He says it was a difficult decision, but this virus had all the ingredients to become a pandemic. “And when you have a public health crisis like this, that’s what you do.”

    • 23 min

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