biology

Episode 155      32 min 49 sec
Endangered animal species: Captive breeding and genetic rescue

Dr Andrew Weeks
Dr Michael Magrath

Geneticist Dr Andrew Weeks and animal behaviourist Dr Michael Magrath discuss diverse ways of dealing with threatened animal populations. Australia's Mountain Pygmy Possum is one such endangered species for which a combination of genetic and breeding solutions are being tried. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 153      29 min 45 sec
Mosquito bytes: Fighting malaria with computational science

Dr Stuart Ralph

Parasitologist Dr Stuart Ralph explains malaria and how computational modelling developed to better understand the disease will aid the global effort to eradicate it. With host Dr Dyani Lewis.

Episode 144      30 min 40 sec
Waiter, there's cesium in my soup: The health implications of radioactivity

Assoc Prof Tilman Ruff

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff explains how radiation from nuclear energy sources can affect the human body and our health. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 141      26 min 44 sec
Cash crop crusaders: Genomic approaches to fighting fungus in canola

Prof Barbara Howlett

Plant geneticist Professor Barbara Howlett explains how genetics research is helping to fight fungal pests that confront canola farmers. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 138      30 min 42 sec
Grey matter, virtually: Computational neurobiology's insights into the brain

Professor Terrence Sejnowski

Professor Terry Sejnowski discusses recent developments at the nexus of brain science and computer modeling, enabling new understandings of psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia. With Science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 132      31 min 56 sec
Adult stem cells and their potential in treating heritable diseases

Dr Mirella Dottori
Dr Alice Pébay

Cell biologist Dr Mirella Dottori and neuroscientist Dr Alice Pébay discuss how their work with induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells, aka adult stem cells, may hold the key to a cure for Friedreich's ataxia and other genetically transmitted diseases. They also explain how adult stem cells differ from embryonic stem cells. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 119      24 min 23 sec
Part of the pattern: How networks explain social behavior

Professor Philippa Pattison

Psychologist Professor Pip Pattison explains how network theory can be used to explain and predict social behavior, and how it can be applied in areas such as defence and the management of epidemics. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 114      24 min 26 sec
Growing bodily tissues: An engineering perspective

Associate Professor Andrea O'Connor

Biomolecular engineer Associate Professor Andrea O'Connor discusses the engineering behind growing tissues and organs. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 111      23 min 03 sec
A career in modelling: Assessing risk in natural resource management

Dr Andrew Hamilton

Agricultural scientist Dr Andrew Hamilton explains how risk and uncertainty can be better modelled in both managing waster water and estimating species richness. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 99      23 min 05 sec
Click on the Kidneys: Virtual organs in your medical future

Professor Peter Harris

Prof Peter Harris discusses the process of virtual modelling of human organs, and how it will lead to enhanced understanding of disease and its treatment. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.