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Finding Genius Podcast

Oct 11, 2020

Tiny microbes make a huge difference in our health. These internal ecological systems utilize communication or signaling to maintain this health, effecting immune system function. This podcast shares an important discovery in this communication that influences receptivity to cancer treatment.

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Aug 18, 2020

Science journalist and author of a revolutionary book on psychobiotics shares compelling insight on the latest research in microbiome and gut-brain connection research.

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  • In what specific ways the behavior of mice has been shown to change in response to the presence or absence of gut bacteria
  • What...


Aug 13, 2020

Gavin Douglas and colleagues published a paper assessing microbiome research and assertions that the human microbiome explains missing heritability in nature. 

He discusses this issue and explains

  • What are classic ways of understanding genetic variation in humans and how recently microbiome research has entered...


Jul 21, 2020

Trent Northen studies the chemistry of microbiomes. More specifically, he studies how exogenous metabolites structure a microbial community, and, in turn, how those microbes change the metabolite pool and grow the microbial population. Because his work is primarily funded by the Department of Energy, he's focused on...


Jul 19, 2020

Simon Roux is a member of the metagenome project at the Joint Genome Institute, which is a part of the Berkeley Lab. In this episode, he discusses his research on viruses that affect microbial life.

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  • How nutrient, UV, and chemical stress of the host cell could trigger the lytic cycle of viral...