The eLife Podcast: outstanding research in life science and biomedicine.
The widowhood effect, and clapped out baboons
This month, male baboons pay a high ageing price for climbing the social ladder, evidence for the reality of the widowhood effect whereby breaking a pair-bond provokes cancer growth, a new way to track where vaccine antigens go in the body, an integrated model for Alzheimer's Disease, and better ways to predict pain and analgesia in newborns... Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website
Motherless gorillas and how hummingbirds hum
This month: how hummingbirds hum, how elephants evolved anti-cancer genes so they can sustain big bodies, gorillas that grow up without their mothers, and why deforestation causes peaks and then troughs in malaria cases... Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website
Psychedelic drugs and river water bugs
This month: the first self-blinded study into microdosing psychedelics, using DNA analysis to understand what bacteria is in river water, and what's the evidence for parasites preventing inflammatory diseases? Plus, comparing different methods for evaluating your cellular age, and an analysis of non-inclusive language used in life sciences journals... Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website
Egyptian baboons and overlooked COVID genes
This month: how a dose of magnesium can improve long-term memory, scientists scrutinise the world's sourdough microbes, and evidence that we're overlooking important COVID-relevant genes. Plus, shark behaviour in low oxygen environments, and using baboon mummies to solve a mystery of ancient times... Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website
Sea slugs and anti-sickness drugs
This month we hear about the animals that turn their dinner into solar panels, the first images of anti-nausea drug molecules engaging with their receptors, and what thousands of you told eLife about the people who support their colleagues at work. Plus, exercise stops cancer cells from growing and how we hold onto bad food memories... Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website
AI for infertility, and scar-free healing
This month we hear about an artificial intelligence (AI) breakthrough for infertility, how ketamine can mimic some of the decision-making difficulties seen in schizophrenia, a new device to observe and document mosquito feeding behaviour, the key to scar-free wound healing, and how open is open access publishing at the moment? Get the references and the transcripts for this programme from the Naked Scientists website
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!
Highlights of a research journal
Accessible and entertaining, requires some scientific background. About 4 Interviews with researchers per episode. Good host.