Scientists are reporting that they have designed and created a genome and then used it to control a cell. Genome pioneer Craig Venter explains how the genome was made and how, one day, it might help scientists engineer bacteria for specific purposes, such as making fuel.
Scientists working with mice are reporting success in using stem cells to regrow cells related to hearing loss. Three researchers join host Ira Flatow to discuss the latest adult and embryonic stem cell research news, and explain how the research may be used in humans.
They look cuddly, but red-eyed treefrogs have a secret dark side. When Michael Caldwell, Smithsonian postdoctoral fellow, filmed the frogs under infrared light he saw a curious behavior: they started shaking. Caldwell and colleagues decode the shakes in Current Biology.
Now that the Library of Congress is archiving tweets and lawyers are using Facebook status updates in cross-examinations, how private are our online musings? Ira Flatow and guests discuss the ethical, legal and social issues associated with increasingly public social networking sites.
In 1834, Cambridge University historian and philosopher of science William Whewell coined the term "scientist" to replace such terms as "cultivators of science." Historian Howard Markel discusses how "scientist" came to be, and lists some possibilities that didn't make the cut.
Host: Marc Pelletier Primate face recognition, new cure for HVC, genetic base change, neanderthals and humans, and more. Guests: Dave Brodbeck, Ph.D., Andre Nantel, Ph.D., Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D., and George Farr, Ph.D. Show notes Comments and suggestions on Futures in Biotech. For a...
Plants and animals must adapt or go extinct as the climate changes. Paul Raeburn and guests talk about new research on populations of frogs and lizards, and discuss ways that conservation strategies may have to change as habitats shift towards the poles or creep up mountain slopes.
Tucked in a shallow valley in northeastern Pennsylvania is a mysterious geologic feature: 16 acres of sandstone boulders. Science Friday speaks with Megan Taylor, environmental education specialist at Hickory Run State Park, to hear the geologic history of the boulder field.
In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics says a "ritual nick" to the genitals of newborn females might "save some girls from undergoing disfiguring and life-threatening procedures in their native countries." Law Professor Dena Davis explains the policy.
The new book Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things looks at the nature of hoarders, and the reasons why some people hoard. Co-author and professor of psychology Randy Frost describes his work, and explains why changing a hoarder's behavior is difficult.
What if police could scan a suspect's brain to see if he was lying? Some companies claim the technology works, and it should be allowed as evidence at trial. Law professor Hank Greely explains the state of the technology and the ethical questions surrounding its use.
Simon Tan, General Manager/VP of Tooling at Sunningdale Tech, highlights the companys high cavitations, precision medical tooling capabilities. They injection mold and form intricate parts for medical device manufacturers. Visit http://www.sdaletech.com to find out more about Sunningdale Tech.
Chris Cozort of Watlow shows some of the company's heating technologies for medical device manufacturers to MDT Editor-in-Chief, Sean Fenske, at the MD&M West 2010 show. Visit http://www.watlow.com for more information about Watlow.
Jackson Tan, Business Development Manager at OSI Electronics, talks about the services the company offers as an electronics contract manufacturing services provider, such as PCBA and box build. Visit http://www.osielectronics.com to find out more about OSI Electronics.