biology

#323      34 min 15 sec
Infected: How HIV works at the cellular level to overwhelm the immune system

Prof Sharon Lewin

Infectious diseases expert Prof Sharon Lewin explains how the HIV virus disarms our immune system and multiplies within it. She also discusses what these discoveries mean for research efforts into future treatment. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#322      33 min 30 sec
The cost of cognition: The blessing and curse of human brain complexity

Prof Seth Grant

Neuroscientist Prof Seth Grant explains how genetics gave rise to the modern human brain, and how the very complexity that characterises our brains makes them vulnerable to neurological diseases that reveal themselves in mental illness. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#317      43 min 14 sec
Molecular gaze: How discoveries in the life sciences are changing our identities and politics

Prof Nikolas Rose

Sociologist Prof. Nikolas Rose explores how scientific developments have changed conceptions of human identity and governance, and what this means for our political, socio-economic and legal futures. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#315      27 min 45 sec
Ribosomes: Unlocking the secrets to your cellular protein factories

Prof Ada Yonath

Nobel laureate Prof Ada Yonath discusses her work on understanding ribosomes -- the protein factories that are found in every cell of every living organism. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#314      30 min 41 sec
Altered expression: Epigenetics and its influence on human development

Dr Marnie Blewitt

Geneticist Dr Marnie Blewitt explains how epigenetics makes us more than just our genes and how gene inactivation can be crucial to our development. With science host Dr Dyani Lewis.

#312      26 min 19 sec
Screening along the spectrum: The search for a genetic test for autism

Prof Chris Pantelis
Prof Stan Skafidas

Neuropsychiatrist Prof Chris Pantelis and neural engineering researcher Prof Stan Skafidas discuss the potential for the use of genetics to improve the diagnosis of autism. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#310      30 min 35 sec
Beyond the tremors: Understanding the impact of Parkinson’s disease

Prof Malcolm Horne

Neuroscientist and neurologist Prof Malcolm Horne discusses Parkinson’s disease, and examines new technological developments and the prospects they offer for early diagnosis and treatment of the condition. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

#309      26 min 55 sec
Viral diary: The global rise and near demise of polio

Prof Vincent Racaniello

Virologist Prof Vincent Racaniello discusses how poliovirus causes paralysis, and how close we are to eradicating the disease. With science host Dr Dyani Lewis.

#306      24 min 10 sec
Organs on a chip: How 3D models of living tissue are changing biomedical research

Prof Donald Ingber

Bioengineer Prof Donald Ingber discusses how three-dimensional models of living human organs can advance our understanding of human physiology in ways that animal models can’t. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#303      31 min 15 sec
Brain of the beholder: The neuroscience of beauty

Prof Semir Zeki

Doyen of the field of neuroesthetics Prof Semir Zeki explains the neuronal behavior that underlies perceptions of ‘beauty’. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.