Marc Zimmer is a professor of physical sciences with a specialization in computational chemistry at Connecticut College. He is also the author of “Glowing Genes: A Revolution in Biotechnology.” In this episode we discuss why the search for glowing jellyfish resulted in a biotechnological innovation that would be almost as important as the invention of the microscope.
Archive for the ‘Genetics’ Category.
Richard Mendel is a beekeeper, Vice President of the Southeast Michigan Beekeepers Association, and contributor to the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. In this episode, we discuss the science of beekeeping, the concerns over the issue of bee colony collapse disorder, and at the end we talk about killer bees (otherwise known as Africanized honeybees).
In this episode, I give you more interview excerpts from off of the cutting room floor, such as Zachary Moore gives his favorite evidence of evolution that’s not relevant to molecular genetics (episode 43), why Rosie Redfield thinks it’s important for scientists to blog (epsd 42), what Sean B Carroll thinks are some of the under-appreciated qualities of Charles Darwin (epsd 46), and what Barbara Oakley thinks is the hardest part of writing about technical science for the general public (episode 40). And of course, we include a few funny clips, both of which occur in episode 44 & 45, when Peggy Nelson seems to ironically preface a drop-out in the conversation…listen carefully.
Dr. Sean B Carroll is an award-winning scientist, author, and educator. He is currently Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin. With Darwin Day coming up, we talk about Charles Darwin. We discuss some of the interesting aspects to the famous naturalist, in particular those that Darwin fans may otherwise not fully appreciate or understand. Sean also talks about an important resource of which educators can get free materials on evolution: Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Visit http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/ for more information.
Zachary Moore is a molecular biologist and host of the Evolution 101 podcast. The 38-episode podcast consists of short episodes that are designed to provide a simple explanation of the independent lines of evidence that support the theory of evolution. In this episode, we talk about some of the molecular evidence that supports the conclusion that species evolved from common ancestors. You can find the podcast in various podcast directories, as well as transcripts at http://evolution-101.blogspot.com. And you can follow Zachary Moore on Twitter @drzach.
Dr. Rosie Redfield is a microbiologist at the University of British Columbia and science writer for the Field of Science blog network. In this episode, guest host Sophie Bushwick talks with Dr. Redfield about her work on whether bacteria have sex, the possibility of arsenic-based life forms, and the importance of blogging and open science. Dr. Redfield has recently been named one of Nature magazine’s ‘ten people who mattered in 2011.’ You can follow Rosie Redfield on Twitter @RosieRedfield and subscribe to her blog at http://rrresearch.fieldofscience.com.
Sophie Bushwick is a freelance science writer who contributes to Scientific American’s Sixty Seconds Podcast, and the io9 blogging network. You can subscribe to her blog called “Life is just a theory” at www.sophiebushwick.com and follow her on Twitter @SophieBushwick.
Dr. Barbara Oakley is an associate professor of Engineering at Oakland University. She’s the author of “Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend.” In this episode, we discuss this book, and find out what scientific research has to say regarding the extent at which human behavior, in particular that which is referred to as “evil,” is linked to human physiology. You can find out more about Dr. Oakley by visiting her website www.barbaraoakley.com, and check out her new book, “Cold Blooded Kindness: Neuroquirks of a codependent killer, or just give me a shot at loving you, Dear and other reflections on helping that hurts.”
Pamela Ronald is a plant geneticist at the University of California – Davis, and co-author of the book, Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food. The book is about how genetic engineering and organic farming can be tools in the production of food now, and in the future. In this episode, we talk about the science behind genetic engineering. Pam blogs on the scienceblogs network at Tomorrow’s Table, and you can follow her on twitter, @pcronald.