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Meet the Microbiologist

Meet the Microbiologist is a podcast that showcases the people behind the scientific discoveries. Each guest introduces their research in one of the cutting-edge areas of the microbial sciences: genomics, antibiotic resistance, synthetic biology, emerging infectious diseases, microbial ecology, public health, probiotics, and more! You no longer have to suffer in silence: learn about epidemiology as you run errands, explore drug discovery as you drive home, delve into microbial genomics at the gym. Each guest discusses their scientific discoveries and where future technologies may lead. Meet the Microbiologist, hosted by Julie Wolf, was previously titled Meet the Scientist, hosted by Merry Buckley and Carl Zimmer.

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!

Carl Bergstrom is a mathematical biologist who probes the abstract nature of life itself. We talk about how life uses information, and how information can evolve.

Thursday, 01 July 2010 11:16

Bonnie Bassler: The Bacterial Wiretap - MTS 53

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Bonnie Bassler studies the conversations that bacteria have, using chemicals instead of words, Her research is not only helping to reveal how bacteria work together to make us sick, but also how we might interrupt their dialogue in order to cure infections.

Dr. Sogin is one of the leaders of an ambitious project to survey the microbes of the ocean--which total over 36,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 cells. Using the latest DNA-sequencing technology, Dr. Sogin and his colleagues are cataloging microbes from all over the world, and are discovering a genetic diversity in the microbial world far exceeding anyone's expectations.

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