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Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science.

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Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science.

    Episode 30: Psychedelics: A Trip Through Psilocybin and MDMA Research

    Episode 30: Psychedelics: A Trip Through Psilocybin and MDMA Research

    On this week’s Opinionated Science, the team take a look at the growing potential of psychedelic medicine.

    Hundreds of new clinical trials, exciting new synthetic psychedelics and a universal acceptance that current mental health treatments are not meeting patients’ needs have pushed the mind-altering potential of psychedelics into the medical mainstream.

    In this episode, Technology Networks Senior Science Writer Ruairi J Mackenzie takes a deep dive into four leading psychedelic compounds: psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine and DMT.

    Read more from this podcast:

    Why Does Ketamine Fight Depression? Finding Answers at BNA 2019

    Mirror’s Image: Could a Simple Flip Produce a More Effective Ketamine-Based Antidepressant?

    The Neuroscience of Psychedelic Drugs: Your Brain on Psilocybin With Frederick Streeter Barrett

    • 13 min
    Opinionated Science: The Future of Spatial Transcriptomics

    Opinionated Science: The Future of Spatial Transcriptomics

    In this episode of Opinionated Science, we hear from Annika Branting, the Product Manager for Visium spatial solutions EMEA for 10x Genomics, and Peetra Magnusson from Uppsala University. 


    Together we explore the world of spatial transcriptomics and get a sneak peek into Peetra’s work where she investigates the rare neurovascular disease Cerebral cavernous malformations and the benefits she has found when using spatial transcriptomics in her work. 


     


    Read more from this podcast:


    https://www.10xgenomics.com/resources/publications?sortBy=publications-relevance&refinementList%5BproductGroups%5D%5B0%5D=Spatial%20Gene%20Expression&page=1


    https://elifesciences.org/articles/61413

    • 14 min
    Episode 29: Puppies! And Optogenetic Sight Restoration

    Episode 29: Puppies! And Optogenetic Sight Restoration

    In this episode of Opinionated Science, we hear about some revolutionary research that has deployed a cutting-edge genetic technique to restore partial sight to a man who lost his vision to retinitis pigmentosa 40 years previously. And also about a behavioral experiment involving over 300 cute puppies - this podcast has it all! 

    Read more from this podcast:

    Optogenetic Therapy Partially Restores Vision in a Blind Patient

    Puppies Are Born Ready To Socialize With Humans

    • 30 min
    Episode 28: The Futuristic Lab

    Episode 28: The Futuristic Lab

    In this episode, the team is joined by Claudia Consoli, the Facility Lead for qPCR at Central Biotechnology Services in Cardiff, Jon Baize, the Senior Product Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific Connect Platform™ and David Joyce, the director of Product Management at Thermo Fisher Scientific. 


    They explore the fundamental requirements of the laboratory of the future and discuss how innovative technologies are advancing and their wishes for the future of the laboratory.

    • 29 min
    Episode 27:Cannabis Edibles: Getting the Munchies for Science

    Episode 27:Cannabis Edibles: Getting the Munchies for Science

    In this special crossover episode, the TN team are joined by Leo Bear-McGuinness, Science Writer and Editor for Analytical Cannabis and hear his interview with Merril Gilbert, co-founder of edibles consultancy TraceTrust. We hear how cannabis edibles affect our bodies and brains and how the growing demand for edibles will see the creation of cannabis drinks and restaurants. Please bring snacks for this podcast. 

    • 27 min
    Episode 26: Organoids: How to grow your own brain

    Episode 26: Organoids: How to grow your own brain

    In this episode, the team is joined by John Mason, a Professor of Molecular Neural Development at the University of Edinburgh. They explore the miniature world of organoids and discuss how these small models are making big changes in the world of neurological research.

    • 30 min

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