81 episodes

The eLife Podcast: outstanding research in life science and biomedicine.

The eLife Podcast Dr Chris Smith

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 31 Ratings

The eLife Podcast: outstanding research in life science and biomedicine.

    Urban microbiomes, and crushed cancers

    Urban microbiomes, and crushed cancers

    This month, what happens to the microbiomes of wild animals when they share cities with humans, how being crushed in a cancer makes metastatic cells more malign, a genetic tool to uncover when populations merged back in history, how mating affects the moth sense of smell, and why Africa offers a wealth of research opportunities for the neuroscience community... Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website

    • 32 min
    Does Vaping Inflame the Brain?

    Does Vaping Inflame the Brain?

    Signs that some vapes inflame the brain and other organs, how a whiff of CO2 puts mosquitoes into feeding mode, how long, at present rates, it will take before science reaches gender parity, and how babies get their vitamin D. Chris Smith looks inside some of the latest papers in eLife... Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website

    • 29 min
    Animal handedness, diabetes and dinosaurs

    Animal handedness, diabetes and dinosaurs

    This month, diabetes and the body clock, the antibodies we raise to Covid-19 vaccines versus infection, dinosaurs armoured like tanks, baboons catching up on sleep, and how language evolution goes hand in hand with handedness... Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website

    • 36 min
    Human birth trigger genes, and clam cancer

    Human birth trigger genes, and clam cancer

    This month, the genes linked to human birth onset, signs hunter gatherers already had a taste for cereals before farming came along, how sunflowers balance UV protection, aridity resistance and attractiveness to pollinators, a contagious cancer that can jump the species barrier, and inside the eLife Ambassador Programme... Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website

    • 36 min
    Sediba's backbone, and antibacterial bacteria

    Sediba's backbone, and antibacterial bacteria

    This month, the bones missing from Australopithecus sediba's backbone are uncovered, but what do they reveal about this ancient hominid's posture? Also, why a link to the nervous system is crucial for salamander limb regeneration, the bacteria that can treat bacterial infections, the social stomach in ant colonies, and even old worms can combat the ageing process... Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website

    • 38 min
    Can Corals Resist Bleaching?

    Can Corals Resist Bleaching?

    This month, corals that can resist bleaching, signs that the human immune system went up a gear about 8000 years ago, documenting plant cells with an ambitious initiative to generate an atlas all the cell types in all types of plants, new insights into the science of the hug hormone oxytocin, and how deleterious genes hold up the evolution of healthy genes too... Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

dr_jearbear ,

Great questions from host

I'm a PhD scientist in life sciences; I listen to a lot of science research podcasts and this one is the best I've found so far, definitely superior to similar offerings from Nature/Science/PNAS. The interviews are interesting and the host asks insightful and thoughtful questions which really dig into the science being discussed. I would encourage anyone interested in learning more life sciences to give this a listen. Keep up the good work!

123jani2235 ,

Highlights of a research journal

Accessible and entertaining, requires some scientific background. About 4 Interviews with researchers per episode. Good host.

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