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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.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010 16:53

Martin Blaser: Save Our Endangered Germs - MTS 64

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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.

Thursday, 16 December 2010 09:36

Jeff Gralnick: I Sing the Microbe Electric - MTS 63

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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.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010 18:54

Jessica Green: The Living Air - MTS 62

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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.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:11

Thomas Scott: The Bone-Breaking Virus - MTS 60

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Thomas Scott of the University of California, Davis, talks about dengue fever, a disease that's on the rise.

Wednesday, 06 October 2010 16:30

Charles Ofria: Digital Life - MTS 59

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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.

Thursday, 23 September 2010 16:17

David Baker: Crowdsourcing Biology - MTS 58

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David Baker and his colleagues study how proteins fold, taking on the complex shapes that make our lives possible.

Wednesday, 01 September 2010 20:36

Forest Rohwer: Curing the Corals - MTS 57

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Forest Rohwer studies how microbes make coral reefs both healthy and sick. Just as we are home to a vast number of microbes, coral reefs depend on their own invisible menagerie of algae and bacteria to get food, recycle waste, and fend off invaders.

 

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 17:14

Susan Golden: Clocks for Life - MTS 56

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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.

How many genes can a species lose and still stay alive? It turns out, bacteria can lose just about all of them!

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