TWiV 939: From lizards to Lassa with Tom Monath
Tom Monath joins TWiV to discuss his wide-ranging career that includes medicine, field work and vaccine development while working for the US government, the US military, and multiple biotechnology companies. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit Guest: Tom Monath Subscribe (free): Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Links for this episode Research assistant position at FDA (pdf) Support MicrobeTV with a Spike t-shirt (Vaccinated.us) Fever by John Fuller (Amazon) Crozet BioPharma Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks! Weekly Picks Dickson – Jazz – Small...
Source: This Week in Virology - MP3 Edition - September 25, 2022 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Source Type: podcasts

Using free-floating DNA to find soldiers ’ remains, and how people contribute to indoor air chemistry
On this week’s show: The U.S. government is partnering with academics to speed up the search for more than 80,000 soldiers who went missing in action, and how humans create their own “oxidation zone” in the air around them First up on the podcast this week, Tess Joosse is a former news intern here at Science and is now a freelance science journalist based in Madison, Wisconsin. Tess talks with host Sarah Crespi about attempts to use environmental DNA—free-floating DNA in soil or water—to help locate the remains of soldiers lost at sea. Also featured in this segment: University of Wisconsin, Madison, molecula...
Source: Science Magazine Podcast - September 1, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Science Magazine Source Type: podcasts

Long COVID: The US Federal Response
On August 3, 2022, the US Department of Health and Human Services released 2 major reports in response to a presidential memo calling for a whole-of-government response to the SARS-CoV-2 sequelae known as “Long COVID." JAMA Editor in Chief Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, discusses these new reports and the research and support needed to address this pervasive health concern with HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine, MD. Recorded July 29, 2022. Related Content: Addressing the Long-term Effects of COVID-19 Association Between BNT162b2 Vaccination and Long COVID After Infections Not Requiring Hospitalizat...
Source: JAMA Author Interviews - August 3, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: JAMA Network Source Type: podcasts

We could still limit global warming to just 2˚C — but there's an 'if'
00:46 What COP26 promises will do for climateAt COP26 countries made a host of promises and commitments to tackle global warming. Now, a new analysis suggests these pledges could limit warming to below 2˚C — if countries stick to them.BBC News: Climate change: COP26 promises will hold warming under 2C03:48 Efficiency boost for energy storage solutionStoring excess energy is a key obstacle preventing wider adoption of renewable power. One potential solution has been to store this energy as heat before converting it back into electricity, but to date this process has been inefficient. Last week, a team reported the develo...
Source: Nature Podcast - April 20, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Springer Nature Limited Source Type: podcasts

The vest that can hear your heartbeat
00:45 A flexible, wearable, fabric microphoneInspired by the ear, a team of researchers have developed an acoustic fibre that can be woven into fabrics to create a sensitive microphone. This fabric microphone is capable of detecting human speech and heartbeats, and the team think it could be used to develop new, wearable sensors for long-term health monitoring.Research article: Yan et al.News and Views: A smart sensor that can be woven into everyday life08:38 Research HighlightsHow a shark’s posture lets you know if it’s asleep, and the desert dust that helps cirrus clouds form.Research Highlight: The secrets of shark ...
Source: Nature Podcast - March 16, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Springer Nature Limited Source Type: podcasts

Humanitarian needs in Afghanistan, and refugee health
What are the most pressing humanitarian needs in Afghanistan? How can the country preserve its health system? Former Afghanistan government public health director Dr. Mohammad Haqmal and Dr. Ayesha Ahmad highlight the main issues, and Prof. Muhammad Zaman discusses the changing needs of refugees worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Listen to The Lancet)
Source: Listen to The Lancet - September 16, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: The Lancet Source Type: podcasts

Healthcare In Afghanistan Now
The final evacuation planes have left Kabul airport, and Afghanistan ’s government have ceded power to the Taliban. Amongst the international community, worries about what that transition of power means for the people of Afghanistan have centred around the rights of women, access to education for the whole population, and the continuing prosperity of the country… However what this means for health is still uncertain. Nadia Akseer is an Afghan scientist and epidemiologist, now working at John's Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and who has published extensively the health of her home country Reading list; A...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - September 9, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Talk Evidence - Freedom Day
The 19th of July in the UK saw the relaxation of covid rules that have been in place for 18 months - social distancing requirements in venues, mask wearing in public will no longer be legally mandated. There are a lot of questions about what this will mean for the pandemic, and in this episode of Talk Evidence Helen MacDonald, Joe Ross and Duncan Jarvies are joined by Iain Buchan, professor of public health in Liverpool, who has been involved in 2 key studies on covid transmission. Firstly, la teral flow tests - the big questions has been how well do they work in the wild - and how well do they have to work, to be usef...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - July 21, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Coronapod: Does England's COVID strategy risk breeding deadly variants?
The UK government has announced that virtually all COVID restrictions will be removed in England on Monday 18th July. This will do away with social distancing requirements, allow businesses to re-open to full capacity and remove legal mask mandates. This decision comes, however, amidst soaring infections rates in the country, driven by the delta variant.Now scientists are questioning the wisdom of this policy and asking whether the combination of high transmission and a partially vaccinated population could provide the perfect breeding ground for vaccine-resistant variants - a possibility which could have devastating globa...
Source: Nature Podcast - July 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Springer Nature Limited Source Type: podcasts

Coronapod: Does England's COVID strategy risk breeding deadly variants?
The UK government has announced that virtually all COVID restrictions will be removed in England on Monday 18th July. This will do away with social distancing requirements, allow businesses to re-open to full capacity and remove legal mask mandates. This decision comes, however, amidst soaring infections rates in the country, driven by the delta variant.Now scientists are questioning the wisdom of this policy and asking whether the combination of high transmission and a partially vaccinated population could provide the perfect breeding ground for vaccine-resistant variants - a possibility which could have devastating globa...
Source: Nature Podcast - July 16, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Springer Nature Limited Source Type: podcasts

Finding consciousness outside the brain, and using DNA to reunite families
First this week, Contributing Correspondent Emily Underwood talks with host Sarah Crespi about the surprising role of the vagus nerve —which connects the brain to organs like the heart and digestive tract—in processes once thought to be solely controlled by the brain, such as consciousness and memory. Next, Sara Katsanis, a research assistant professor at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University, talks about t he best way to use DNA to reunite families that have been separated by everything from government policies to natural disasters. This week’s episode was produced with help from Podigy. Listen t...
Source: Science Magazine Podcast - June 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Science Tags: Scientific Community Source Type: podcasts

Finding consciousness outside the brain, and using DNA to reunite families
First this week, Contributing Correspondent Emily Underwood talks with host Sarah Crespi about the surprising role of the vagus nerve —which connects the brain to organs like the heart and digestive tract—in processes once thought to be solely controlled by the brain, such as consciousness and memory. Next, Sara Katsanis, a research assistant professor at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University, talks about the best way to use DNA to reunite families that have been separated by everything from government policies to natural disasters. This week’s episode was produced with help from Podigy. Listen...
Source: Science Magazine Podcast - June 4, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Science Tags: Scientific Community Source Type: podcasts

Coronapod: Waiving vaccine patents and coronavirus genome data disputes
In surprise news this week, the US government announced its support for waiving patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines, in an effort to boost supplies around the world.As fewer than 1% of people living in low-income countries have received COVID-19 vaccines, it is hoped that this move is a major step towards addressing this inequity by allowing manufacturers to legally produce generic versions of vaccines. We discuss the next steps that need to be taken to make this a reality, and why there is opposition to the plan.Also on the podcast, we look at another aspect of coronavirus inequity: the sharing of genomic data. Aroun...
Source: Nature Podcast - May 7, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Springer Nature Limited Source Type: podcasts