070 – Viruses, Bacteria and other Parasites
In this episode we talk to fellow podcasters Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier about viruses, bacteria and other parasites. Among other topics we discuss what each kind of parasite is made of an how they interact with the human organism (in good and bad ways).
- This Week in Virology
- This Week in Parasitism
- This Week in Microbiology
- Trichinella spiralis
- Nucleic acid
- Astrobiology at the NASA Astrobiology Institute (omega tau)
- Herpes simplex
- Phylogenetic tree
- Blood Clotting (Coagulation)
- Immune system
- Endogenous retrovirus
- Fission (biology)
- Personalized medicine
- Robert Koch
- John Snow
- Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis
- New Delhi MDR TB
- Marburg virus
- Richard Owen
- James Paget
- Rudolf Virchow
- Immunoglobulin E
- Gates Foundation
You are always very good at choosing your guests – not only are they professionals – either they are very eloquent or they are very eloquent and have their own interesting audiocasts.
This is the 2nd great audiocast recommendation I’ve got via the omega tau podcast. The other one was the ‘Fly with me’ audiocast.
Guys, if you want us to rate shows, make it more prominent – I cannot find where I should rate this.
Absolutely one of the most interesting podcasts I have ever listened to, and that has been a lot.
Not only great guests, but interesting questions to them I would not have thought of.
All right, I found out how to rate it, but it was not immediately obvious. It needs some text there are well.
Thanks for your nice feedback Captn :) We’ll see what we can do regarding making the rating stuff more obvious.
I really love your show, thank you. I am learning so much.
Super! Obwohl mir das Englische nicht leicht fällt.
Dann wird Dir die nächste Episode zu Apollo nicht gefallen: da haben wir einen (deutlich hörbaren) Schotten am Apparat :-)
This great episode was on of your most profound, and it is not even aviation, space or physics! Great choice of guests who left a deep impression on me through their telling of a biological story that changes my perception of myself as a being. I’m a colony!
Thanks David :-)
Great awesome episode with a very very interesting topic!
One day I’ll probably miss my exit on the Autobahn thanks to omega tau ;)
Let us know if you drive till Stuttgart in such a case :-)
I recently discovered this podcast and really appreciate the depth of questioning and the level of research that must go into preparing for each episode.
I’m in process of working my way backwards through the podcasts and wanted to note that this podcast had a piece of information startlingly important for me — how viruses might trigger cancer. I’m a cancer survivor that had a viral infection (shingles) just a few months prior. Thank you especially for that information, as well as the other info in this and other episodes.
BTW, I think it’s better to drop the music that you used to have. For people who don’t share the same musical tastes, it was just a distraction from the good stuff. But thanks for experimenting with the concept.
Thank you for your nice feedback! I also wasn’t aware of the virus/cancer connection. And yes, avoiding the music is better. It is also less work for us here :-)
This was an interesting interview. I didn’t think there could be to much to talk about so little. These guys were able to clearly differentiate between the various scales those organisms down on the quantum scale. Interesting historical stories too. Great interview once again.
… of course, if you interview two routined pocaststers, there’s not much that could go wrong :-)