Tagged: biology

scientist 43: the virologist – Derek Smith influenza mutation and vaccination

Did you know you have a 1 in 10 chance of getting the flu? In times when cancers can be treated, FLU or INFLUENZA continues to infect vast numbers of people. Professor Derek Smith...

scientist 42: the clinical immunologist – Mark Larche on pet and grass allergies

A UK biotechnology company has been testing vaccines for common allergies. The vaccines use SPIREs (synthetic peptides that regulate immune system cells) to help people fend off their allergies to cats, grasses and dust...

scientist 40: the science presenter – the ugly animal society – Simon Watt (2013)

Hear about a fun campaign to save the ‘ugly’ animals. Simon Watt of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society tell us that ugly animals face extinction because the cute creatures, like cuddly pandas, “steal all the glory”. He...

scientist 39: the plant breeder – Gillian Covey developing wheat at KWS (2013)

You may wonder how today’s farmers are able to grow wheat reliably. We talk with plant scientist Gillian Covey, who explains how different strains of wheat can be bred to make better seeds for farmers....

scientist 37: the farmer – catchment sensitive farming (2013)

A government initiative to help farmers keep the water supply free of pollutants. We visit a farm in Duxford, England where Andrew Down from ‘Natural England’ explains what is meant by “Catchment Sensitive Farming”. Environment...

scientist 36: the research biotechnologist – Alan Tunnacliffe & the bdelloid rotifer (2013)

Professor Alan Tunnacliffe of the Cambridge University Department of Chemical Engineering tells why the bdelloid rotifer has fascinated top biologists. This microscopically tiny invertebrate lives in rain puddles. The creature can survive without water for millions of years, and by now...

scientist 35: the biotechnologist – Difinigen clone liver cells for pharmacology (2013)

We talk to Dr Marcus Yeo about how human cell production benefits drug development. Dr Yeo is from DifiniGEN, a Cambridge company that grows liver cells used to test if new drugs are harmful....

scientist 33: the entrepreneur – Felix Baumgartner’s skyjump (2012)

Our guest Anmol Sood of Hildago was on the team that monitored Felix Baumgartner health as he jumped from the edge of space and reached a speed of over 800 mph. Based in Cambridge...

scientist 27: the conservation scientist – Andrew Balmford has Wild Hope (2012)

Speaking to The Science show’s Chris Creese, the author of “Wild Hope” explains what ecosystems do for us, and how we can help ourselves by helping the environment. Cambridge conservation scientist, Andrew Balmford, explains why there’s hope...

scientist 26: the ecology researcher – Marten Scheffer critical transitions (2012)

The Science Show’s Chris Creese reports from the Ecological Society of America conference in Portland, USA. She chats with ‘critical transitions’ expert Marten Scheffer (Netherlands). They talk about Marten’s book and a collaboration on a film...

scientist 24: the ecologist – phenology and public involvement in research (2012)

Chris Creese reports from the Ecological Society of America conference in Portland USA. She has the stories on how the Internet is enabling ordinary people to become get involved in scientific discovery. She talked...

scientist 22: the bird watcher – Cambridgeshire wetland birds

Learn about wetlands and bird habitats as Chris Creese grabs binoculars and speaks with Peter Herkenrath, Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Bird Club. Follow-up links: Cambridgeshire Bird Club cambridgebirdclub.org.uk. Bird watching sites in Cambridgeshire http://www.cambridgebirdclub.org.uk/topsites.html Local nature reserves by Cambridge City...

scientist 21: the experimental psychologist – Alzheimers disease – love addiction (2012)

Experimental psychologist Brianne Kent talks to Chris Creese about memory, Alzheimer’s disease; and why love is a drug. Brianne Kent was working on a PhD in experimental psychology at the University of Cambridge. She...

scientist 17: the plant scientist – plants coping with drought (2012)

With water shortages and hosepipe bans in summer, Nicola talks to plant scientist Dr Helen Holmes about the importance of water and how plants respond to a lack of it. Helen is based at...

scientist 15: the Antarctic scientist – hydrothermal vents (2012)

Roger Frost visits the British Antarctic Survey HQ at Madingley. We hear from scientist Dr Alastair Graham about the work of BAS and about the life around hydrothermal vents. Follow-up links: BAS at www.bas.ac.uk...

scientist 08: the journal editor – parasitology and parasites (2012)

Journal editor Sally Hirst talks about a group of micro-organisms called parasites. Tagged biology, health 30/06/2012

scientist 07: the gardener – weeds and herbicides (2012)

As the season switched from spring to summer we look at weedkillers. How do weedkillers (aka herbicides) work? How can a weedkiller target one plant and not another? Roger Frost asked plant scientist, Chris Creese...

scientist 06: the conservation scientist – about the IUCN (2012)

The ‘International Union for Conservation of Nature’ is the world’s oldest and largest environmental organisation and has a base in Cambridge in Huntingdon Road. Nicola Terry hears from with the IUCN’s Rebecca Miller about...

scientist 01: the cancer researcher – working to save the Tasmanian devil (2012)

Hear about a cute animal with the less cute name of the Tasmanian Devil. It is fast becoming extinct as it can suffer from an unusual cancer that is contagious. The Science Show’s Chris...

Ensuring quality wheat – CAMGRAIN 105science

Ensuring quality wheat – CAMGRAIN 105science

This podcast is about what happens when wheat leaves the farm. We take up the story after the August crop harvest and speak with Dr Andrew Wingate who tells how CAMGRAIN deliver quality assured wheat. Ideas in...

Ensuring quality wheat at CAMGRAIN – 105science

Ensuring quality wheat at CAMGRAIN – 105science

This podcast is about what happens when wheat leaves the farm. We take up the story after the August crop harvest and speak with Dr Andrew Wingate who tells how CAMGRAIN deliver quality assured wheat. Presented by...

Growing food crops interview with Dr Julian Little of Bayer Crop Science – 105science

Growing food crops interview with Dr Julian Little of Bayer Crop Science – 105science

This podcast focuses on the science of food crops. The growing world population leads to a demand to farm the land several times more effectively than we used to. But growing crops comes with...

Molecular Gastronomy with Peter Barham plus Improving cycling using psychology – 105science

Molecular Gastronomy with Peter Barham plus Improving cycling using psychology – 105science

We talk with Peter Barham, a professor of ‘Molecular Gastronomy’ about what his delicious subject entails.  He wrote the book “The Science of Cooking”. His idea is that “a kitchen is like science laboratory”,...

Climate change + Crop development in Africa – 105science

Climate change + Crop development in Africa – 105science

Can we believe that the climate will change in the long term, when we can’t even predict tomorrow’s weather? Our guest Tim Palmer is a Professor in Climate Physics at the University of Oxford, and President...

Bioengineering research in Cambridge – 105science

Bioengineering research in Cambridge – 105science

Dr Michelle Oyen is a Reader in bioengineering at the University of Cambridge. Dy Oyen explains how materials science can be put to use in medicine where there’s a need to create surgical implants and new tissues....

Screening for prostate cancer with Dr Hayley Whitaker – 105science

Screening for prostate cancer with Dr Hayley Whitaker – 105science

Dr Hayley Whitaker is a Cancer Research UK scientist who specialises in prostate cancer. We hear about her quest for better screening for the disease. Dr Whitaker is lead author of a study about how a...

Influenza: the flu, the virus and the vaccine with Professor Derek Smith – 105science

Influenza: the flu, the virus and the vaccine with Professor Derek Smith – 105science

Professor Derek Smith of Cambridge University tells how flu, also known as Influenza, so successfully eludes the immune system. In times when cancers can be treated, FLU or INFLUENZA continues to infect vast numbers...

Dr Mark Larché and new hope for allergy sufferers – 105science

Dr Mark Larché and new hope for allergy sufferers – 105science

A UK biotechnology company has been testing vaccines for common allergies. The vaccines use SPIREs (synthetic peptides that regulate immune system cells) to help people fend off their allergies to cats, grasses and dust...

The big questions in science – 105science

The big questions in science – 105science

Answers to the most intriguing questions in science today. The author of a riveting book called “The Big Questions in Science” explains how they researched How did life begin? Why do we dream? And...

Helping farmers keep water supplies pollution-free – 105science

Helping farmers keep water supplies pollution-free – 105science

A government initiative to help farmers keep the water supply free of pollutants. We visit a farm in Duxford, England where Andrew Down from ‘Natural England’ explains what is meant by “Catchment Sensitive Farming”. Read...

SmartPill comes to Cambridge and we play the Science Fact and Fiction quiz – 105science

SmartPill comes to Cambridge and we play the Science Fact and Fiction quiz – 105science

A new pill can diagnose you from the inside out. A new medical procedure offers an innovative way for doctors to find out what’s going on inside the intestine. The ‘SmartPill’ is a tablet-sized device...

Introduction to anaesthesiology – we visit the Royal Society summer science exhibition – 105science

Introduction to anaesthesiology – we visit the Royal Society summer science exhibition – 105science

Hear about the wonders of anaesthesia. Have you ever had surgery in an operating theatre? If like us you wondered what the anaesthetist does, listen in to hear Dr Jessica Kentish tell us what her work...

Molecular biology research at the Medical Research Council lab of Molecular Biology in Cambridge – 105science

Molecular biology research at the Medical Research Council lab of Molecular Biology in Cambridge – 105science

The Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge is credited for landmark discoveries and cutting-edge techniques. This podcast offers an overview of what the LMB do, as the Science Show team visit the lab. On...

Keeping bees, honey and making chocolate – 105science

Keeping bees, honey and making chocolate – 105science

Keeping bees and making honey: Long-time beekeeper Steve Poyser tells us how honey bees work and how nectar turns into the stuff we buy. The Science Show’s Roger Frost asks about clear versus creamed...

Research into cocaine addiction – 105science

Research into cocaine addiction – 105science

COCAINE ADDICTION is DIFFERENT. Dr Karen Ersche tells about her research into cocaine addiction. The work investigates the finding that cocaine addiction affects some people and not others. Also, unlike other addictions, there are no substitute chemicals...

Author of ‘Evolution and Belief’ tells why understanding evolution is less of a challenge to religious belief, and doesn’t make people into atheists – 105science

Author of ‘Evolution and Belief’ tells why understanding evolution is less of a challenge to religious belief, and doesn’t make people into atheists – 105science

Dr Rob Asher shares evidence for the evolution of animals and sheds light on misunderstandings about science and religion. We also consider whether religious explanations of the natural world ought be included in school...

Drug discovery special – 105science

Drug discovery special – 105science

DifiniGEN is a new Cambridge University spin-off company who have a process for growing human liver cells. CEO Dr Marcus Yeo explains how their cells are used by pharmaceutical companies, to test if a newly discovered drug...

Cambridge Science Festival Preview – 105science

Cambridge Science Festival Preview – 105science

In the Cambridge Science Festival, Nick Crumpton tells why mammals are better than dinosaurs. And researcher Dr Andrew Holding tells of the Skeptics in the Pub discussion group and of Bright Club, where scientists collide with humour. The...

Researching the invertebrate that lives in puddles: bdelloid rotifer – 105science

Researching the invertebrate that lives in puddles: bdelloid rotifer – 105science

Professor Alan Tunnacliffe of the Cambridge University Department of Chemical Engineering tells why the bdelloid rotifer has fascinated top biologists. This microscopically tiny invertebrate lives in rain puddles. The creature can survive without water for millions of years, and...

DifiniGEN are experts in human cell production. We talk to Dr Marcus Yeo about how this benefits drug development – 105science

DifiniGEN are experts in human cell production. We talk to Dr Marcus Yeo about how this benefits drug development – 105science

Dr Marcus Yeo is from DifiniGEN, a new Cambridge company that grows liver cells to test if new drugs are harmful. Their technology comes from the Nobel Prize-winning work of Cambridge university’s Sir John...