Meet the Scientist was a podcast hosted by Merry Buckly, PhD, and science writer Carl Zimmer over the course of two years. The purpose of the show was to reveal more about scientists, the work they do, and what makes them tick. Buckley and Zimmer asked them what they're up to now and what's next. How is the science moving forward to solve some of the intractable problems of our times? What keeps them going in a tough, competitive field? What do they see for the future of research, education, and training? Meet the Scientist shows you a glimpse of what scientists are really like and what's going on in cutting-edge research today.
The complete archive for Meet the Scientist is below.
Martin Blaser studies Helicobacter pylori, bacteria that live in the stomachs of billions of people. Blaser has shown that H. pylori has a strange double life inside of us. On the one hand, it can cause ulcers and gastric cancer. On the other hand, it can protect us from diseases of the esophagus, allergies, asthma, and perhaps even obesity.
All life hums with electricity, from our heartbeats to the electrons that flow to the oxygen we breathe. But some bacteria are electricians par excellence, generating electric currents in the soil and water.
We live in an invisible ocean of life, with millions of microbes swarming around us. Microbes can live many miles high in the upper atmosphere, and they may actually be able to feed and grow in clouds. Jessica Green and I talk not just about high-altitude aerobiology, but about the microbes we share our homes and offices with, and how better understanding them can help our health.
Dr. Charles Bamforth talks about the surprisingly complex chemistry of beer, and the pivotal role microbes play in making it happen.
Charles Ofria and his colleagues have created a program called Avida in which digital organisms can multiply and evolve. They are studying many of evolution's deepest questions, such as how complexity evolves from simplicity and why individuals make sacrifices for each other.
While you may have heard of our own "body clock" that tracks the 24-hour cycle of the day, it turns out that some bacteria can tell time, too.