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Water 'bout cyanobacteria?: Producing high value products using sunlight ft. Anton Puzorjov

July 20th, 2021

Today we walk you through to potential of cyanobacteria: turning tasty sunlight into a high-product value delight!

Apple Chew interviews Anton Puzorjov  from The McCormick Lab at The University of Edinburgh on his project supported by ScotBio.

McCormick Lab


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Evergreen: How to block viral transmission ft. Prof. Neil Mabbott

June 15th, 2021

In the fourth and final installment of BioPOD's #Vaccine15 miniseries, we have Liz Gaberdiel interviewing Professor Neil Mabbott on how vaccines can block viral transmission.

Professor Neil Mabbott

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COVID19: How to mass produce a vaccine ft. Dr Prerna Vohra

June 8th, 2021

Ever wondered how vaccines are made in smaller batch scales, then upscaled to a world market? Hint: it's not the same as cooking a larger lasagne when family comes to visit. Tune into our third installment of #Vaccine15 to learn about the large scale production of vaccines.

In this episode, BioPodder Liz Gaberdiel interviews Dr Prerna Vohra. 

Dr. Prerna Vohra

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Viral Variants: How to track and tackle COVID variants ft. Dr Thomas Williams

June 1st, 2021

For this episode as part of our vaccine 15-minute miniseries, biopodder Chris Donohoe interviews Dr. Thomas Williams on how to track and tackle the different COVID variants.

Dr Thomas Williams

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Eureka! How To Design A Vaccine ft. Dr Christine Tait-Burkard

May 25th, 2021

Our #Vaccine15 four-part 15-minute miniseries begins today! This week is all about how COVID vaccines were developed and designed with Dr Christine Tait-Burkard from the Roslin Institute.

Dr Christine Tait-Burkard

Roslin Institute

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Darwin Tree of Life: Sequencing the Biome of the Great Britain Ft. Prof. Mark Blaxter, Dr. Alex Twyford

May 19th, 2021

In this episode, we talk about the Darwin Tree of Life: Sequencing the Biome of the Great Britain with Professor Mark Blaxter & Dr Alex Twyford

The Darwin Tree of Life project aims to sequence the genomes of all 70,000 species of eukaryotic organisms in Britain and Ireland. It is a collaboration between biodiversity, genomics and analysis partners that hopes to transform the way we do biology, conservation and biotechnology.  The Darwin Tree of Life Project is one of several initiatives across the globe working towards the ultimate goal of sequencing all complex life on Earth, in a venture known as theEarth BioGenome Project.

Earth BioGenome Project

Prof. Mark Blaxter and his group use modern sequencing and bioinformatics technologies to investigate the genomes of many different species of animals. Professor Mark Blaxter is the Founder and Director of Genome Science of Edinburgh Genomics the University's advanced genomics facility.  Dr Alex Twyford is an evolutionary geneticist interested in the ecology and evolution of plants.

Edinburgh Genomics

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How Synthetic Microorganisms can Biofacture High Value Products with Dr. Tessa Moses

April 2021

This episode is about the use of synthetic organisms to produce pharmaceuticals and other high-value products. 

To help us understand this topic a bit better and the potential advantages and challenges of this technology, Joan Cortada-Carcia is interviewed Dr Tessa Moses, a former postdoc in the Rosser lab group at the University of Edinburgh and current head of metabolomics at the university’s mass spectrometry facility called Edinomics. 

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Detecting Parasitic Infections in Cows by Small RNA (Trypanosomiasis) with Dr Maria Contreras-Garcia

March 2021

The parasite Trypanosoma brucei is transmitted via tsetse flies. It causes a disease known as trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness in humans, but in cows, it's known as nagana or animal African trypanosomiasis. In this episode, Joan Cortada García interviews Maria Contreras-Garcia from The Roslin Institute on her work to validate and characterize the use of a small RNA as a diagnostic test for trypanosomiasis.

In this episode Ruby White mentions a Workshop Series on sustainable food production.

UoE-USyd Workshop Series on sustainable food production, antimicrobial resistance and One Health

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