Talking Biotech is a weekly podcast that uncovers the stories, ideas and research of people at the frontier of biology and engineering.
Each episode explores how science and technology will transform agriculture, protect the environment, and feed 10 billion people by 2050.
Interviews are led by Dr. Kevin Folta, a professor of molecular biology and genomics.
351 - Biotech, Pesticides, Toxicology and Food
There is abundant conversation about pesticides and food, especially in social media. Unfortunately, there is little understanding about regulation, dosage, tolerances and toxicity. Dr. Liza Dunn is an emergency physician and toxicologist that provides her insights about the practical toxicity of these compounds, and how we can be effective in communicating about them.
Methylation of DNA, Relationship to Disease
Methylation is the addition of a small methyl group to specific bases of the DNA helix. Addition of a methyl group can change how the DNA blueprint is accessed and expressed. Today's guest is Prof. Asaf Hellman. His group has found relationships between the methylation state of DNA and expression of genes associated with diabetes and cancers. Understanding these patterns may help inform predisposition to disease, as well as eventually causal factors and drug targets.
Addressing the Issue of Scientific Reproducibility
Trust in science is predicated on independent reproducibility of research results. Perceived breakdowns in reproducibility have gained much recent attention, and it is up to the scientific community to devise new mechanisms to help ensure methods and results are complete and transparent. This week's guest is Tim Errington from the Center for Open Science. We discuss new strategies that enhance reproducibility.
The Human Protein Atlas
Proteins are the central catalytic and structural components of cells, and ultimately are at the center of cellular function. Certain proteins are the agents of disease, some are potentially diagnostic. Dr. Mathias Uhlen describes the Human Protein Atlas, a massive project that defines where individual proteins are present. By knowing their locations we can better understand their roles, and potentially identify effective drug targets for disease.
New Drugs that Repair Broken Genes
Many diseases do not have cures, yet have a foundation in deleterious genomic mutations. Dietrich Stephan of NewBase describes a novel custom drug design platform that shows amazing potential in animal models, and seeks to directly reverse currently untreatable disease.
An Owner's Manual for the Mind
In the age of an internet full of false information, how do we tell the real from the fictitious? Jon Guy introduces his new book, Thinking Straight- an owner's manual to the mind.
Great biotech podcast with wide array of topics
This is a fantastic podcast that looks at a broad array of biotech topics ranging from medicine, genetics, agriculture, conservation, and many more. The conversations start at a high enough level to be of value to laymen and non experts but also drill down to specifics that can be deeply informative to those working in biotech. Overall, a really great podcast that anyone interested in or trying to stay up to date with the rapidly evolving biotech landscape should follow
This is a great podcast with a lot of really fascinating episodes. I have to admit that I’ve been on the fence about GMOs but Kevin Folta has really challenged me to think more clearly about this issue.
Very informative and easy to understand!
Excellent resource for people who are looking to get a better understanding of what GMOs are, how they work, and their place in humanity’s history of agriculture, as well as how they can be a tool against climate change and human suffering. Kevin Folta cares deeply about helping the general public understand science so they can form educated opinions on this important this important topic.