Opinionated Science Episode 17: I Got COVID-19: Here's What Happened
This episode is a COVID-19 podcast with a first-hand focus. Podcast host Ruairi Mackenzie discusses his experience with symptomatic COVID-19. And we also look at the data around COVID-19 risk and age and discuss the emerging problems posed by long COVID.
Opinionated Science Episode 12: Green Labs: Sustainable Science and Exploding Microscopes
In this episode, the team discuss the growing movement for sustainable science. Research has a yeti-sized ecological footprint, and here we follow the tracks from ozone-destroying CFCs and energy-guzzling freezers through to a new future for science that promises to make labs eco-friendly at last.
Opinionated Science Episode 11: Biohacking: DIY Gene Editing, Fluorescent Beer and COVID-19
In this episode, the team take a deep dive into the world of biohacking. Practitioners of this DIY biology have big goals: making genetic technologies available to all, bypassing government regulation of drugs and (on the fringes of the movement) achieving immortality.
Opinionated Science Episode 10: COVID-19 Vaccines: Three Leading Candidates, Assessed
In this episode, the TN team discuss three promising vaccine candidates being developed for COVID-19. We take a deep dive into the data from these vaccine trials to try and work out what successes can be celebrated and what unanswered questions still remain.
Opinionated Science Episode 9: The Ethics of Genetics Testing: “Duty of Care”, Consent and Data Security
Advances in genetic testing have come with a lot of ethical baggage. In this podcast we discuss how clinical testing can throw up surprise results for doctor and patient, the test data that is helping fight COVID-19 and how one of our own editors responded to receiving her genetic risk scores.
Opinionated Science Episode 7: The Vagus Nerve: A Target to Treat Brain and Body?
In this episode, we review the evidence surrounding vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), a therapy approved for epilepsy and depression that backers now want to use to treat a host of other conditions, include autoimmune disease and heart failure. How can scientists fill in the gaps in the VNS knowledge base?
Opinionated Science Episode 5: The Placebo Effect: Phantom Surgery, Alternative Medicine and the Big Bad Nocebo
In this episode, the Technology Networks team investigates the placebo effect. Why have placebo treatments become more effective at treating patients in the last few decades (but only in the USA) and what do powerful placebos mean for clinical trials?
Opinionated Science Episode 4: Food Fraud: Fake Wine, Poisonous Milk and Horse Lasagna
Opinionated Science Episode 3: The Microbiome: Gut-Brain Connections and “Poo Pills”
Opinionated Science Episode 2: Psychedelic Drugs: Ketamine for Depression, Party Octopuses and Stoned Dolphins