I love podcasts ! I think it is a great medium and I am always looking for new recommendations. I used to listen to podcasts during my commute to work but these days that I work from home I listen while I am cleaning, washing dishes, vacuuming, prepping food, etc. I listen to all sorts of topics and styles including news, marketing and technology.
Here I have put together a list of five podcast episodes I listened to in 2022 that have some link or relation to life sciences or science in general. Just beware not all these episodes where published in 2022 but this was certainly the year I heard them for the first time.
This an interview style podcast by Business For Good Podcast with the founders of Wildtype, a company that is aiming to grow sushi-grade salmon in a laboratory setting, no fishing or fish farming required. The goal is to create an alternate source for fish consumption to reduce the harm and devastation the fish farming and industrial fishing can do to our oceans.
While exploring the company’s website I thought it was so interesting this company uses cell culture bioreactors to grow the cells and tissue and turn them into slices of salmon for food consumption! Make sure to take a listen and hear more from the founders.
This Radiolab episode talks about scientists that use AI technology to discover compounds and molecules that can be used to cure disease. The episode explores what would happen if this same technology is used to find compounds that can do quite the opposite: kill! Great reporting as always and a very interesting topic that shows how great technologies that can be used to bring humanity forward could be used to do harm, in this case to discover the most potent chemical weapons known to humankind.
This 99 Percent Invisible episode published in 2021 is about the amazing axolotls, which are nature’s great regenerators with the ability to grow back several organs and limbs. The episode talks about how axolotls are used as model organisms in the scientific community to study regeneration but also about the loss of their natural habitat in Xochimilco, Mexico City. I am from Mexico City so I might be biased but I found this episode fascinating and interesting. I highly recommend it!
Very brief but inspiring podcast episode interviewing Theanne Griffith– a neuroscientist who is also the author of a children’s book series to inspire kids and get them curious and in love with science! This podcast was published in 2020 but I listened to it this year while looking for Short Wave episodes I had not yet heard.
I listen to the Front Burner on a regular basis and it helps me keep more less current on world issues and politics. Even though it is not my go to for Life Sciences related content I thought it would be relevant to share this episode that discusses if cannabis compounds could block the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering human cells. The podcast episode includes a conversation with science reporter Katie MacBride where they take a deep dive to talk about what the current research says.
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I’m Ana the creator of Cell Cartoons. This adventure started when I was in graduate school studying immune cells and I did some doodles of cells just for fun. This side thing has evolved a lot since and I very recently opened the online shop where I sell stickers, postcards and posters.
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