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BioPOD

BioPOD is the official podcast of the School of Biological Sciences, produced and presented by enthusiastic student volunteers.

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Episode 1:  Chicken Bioreactor

We interview Dr Lissa Herron from the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh on her research.

Chickens can be genetically modified to produce human proteins in their eggs. Research suggests these proteins offer a cost-effective method of producing certain types of high-value drugs currently used in research studies, and potentially, one day in patients. 

 

Episode 2:  Smartphone Biosensors

We interview Dr Baojun Wang and Dr Xinyi Wan from the Synthetic Biological Circuit Engineering Lab at the University of Edinburgh who specialise in engineering bacteria to act as biosensors.

This episode focuses on a fluorescent bacterial biosensor that quantifies levels of toxic arsenic in the environment and connects to a smartphone. 

 

Episode 3:  The 500-Year Astrobiology Experiment

Have you ever wondered how many years microorganisms can survive desiccation, in a closed environment? Listen to Verity from BioPOD interview Dr Toby Samuels from the UK Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh on the fascinating persistence of microorganisms in this ambitious 500-year experiment. 

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