Welcome to Talkin Immunology with BioLegend where we discuss immunology and related topics with scientists and experts in the field.
Anti-Vaxxers and the Quest for Measles
In this latest podcast, we tackle the resurgence of Measles, vaccinations, and common anti-vaccination myths!Note regarding our talk on the polio vaccine: Following its mass production in 1955, certain pharmaceutical companies failed to properly inactivate the Salk vaccine, leading to over 250 reported cases of paralysis. Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine was the first developed, followed by the oral polio vaccine (OPV). OPV remained in use in the US until 1999 where it was replaced with an inactivated, injectable vaccine. However, OPV is still used in other countries around the world. Topics Common vaccination myths WHO's ten threats to global health in 2019 Teen secretly gets vaccinated, speaks to Senate Unvaccinated teen sues school for limiting his activity Facebook to ban anti-vaxx ads in new push against 'vaccine hoaxes' Measles returns to Costa Rica thanks to unvaccinated family Anti-Vaxx mom asks how she can protect her 3 year old from Measles outbreak Study on 657,461 children finds no link between autism and vaccines Keywords: vaccines, measles, immunology, anti-vaxxers, autism, Andrew Wakefield, myths, science, Ethan Lindenberger, kale, global health, chickenpox
The Story of Henrietta Lacks
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. Topics 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
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! Topics 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
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. Topics 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
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! Topics 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
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. Topics 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
Customer ReviewsSee All
Great until the “funny” guy won’t shut up.
The first episode I listened to was “Neuroinflammation with Kenya Cohane”, so this opinion isn't totally fair until I get a few more episodes in. It was really good once the “funny” guy stopped interrupting with irrelevant movie references for the first half (20 minutes) of the episode (is this a pop culture or science podcast?). At which point their guest finally got to talk for more than a few seconds at a time… Since the topics seem so interesting and the other host, Ken, is a normal human who lets other people talk, I’ll give this podcast more chances. To the “funny” guy… Please stop trying so hard and let your guests and topic be the show’s focus. I few lame jokes is fine, but this was such overkill. Hoping this was just an off day.
Costa Rica is struggling with health care?
I’m from Costa Rica, and I am unvaccinated. I am not anti-vaccine because I love the idea behind them. I am not however on board with the method of production and the lack of research. There has never been an unvaccinated vs. vaccinated case study. Also Costa Rica has excellent health care and we have great infrastructure. The country can handle any crisis just as any first world country. Quite frankly it’s offensive to assume our country is poor just due to its location. You claim that the studies “show” without a doubt that vaccines are safe. Their ingredients however are not, and when you give let’s say the mmr vaccine in conjunction with the flu vaccine you have no idea how the two will react. There are so many unknowns like this in the debate for vaccine safety. Not to mention the billion dollar government fund that pays out vaccine damaged children without harming the companies who created it. These aren’t conspiracies they are realities. Your podcast here was more disinformation that fact. Check your sources, or have someone like me on your show! I will gladly come in or call. All I want is what you want, happy healthy global citizens who don’t die from poor health. Let’s get there the right way.
A nice mix of science and fun.