Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Sat, 22nd May 2010

Transmissible Tumours

Tasmanian Devil (c) Wayne McLean

Cancers you can catch go under the Naked Scientists microscope this week. We find out how a transmissible facial tumour is devastating devil populations in Tasmania and also hear how the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) causes cancer. Also, Meera looks into the science of cervical screening, and Ben and Dave reveal how carrots can help us to spot cancer cells. Plus, biofuel hope from the burning bush plant, the battle between Staphylococcus species, and the introduction of Synthia - the first microbe with a genuinely synthetic genome.

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  • 01:41 - Burning bush brings biofuel hope

    Researchers at Michigan State University have made a discovery that could help turn the burning bush into the saviour of future biofuels, according to their paper in PNAS this week...

  • 03:48 - Battle of the Bugs

    Researchers in Japan have discovered that the key to killing MRSA may lie with one of its own relatives - Staphylococcus epidermidis

  • 07:14 - Switching on egg production

    An international team of scientists, writing in the journal PNAS this week, have found a way to reactivate dormant egg cells. This could have big benefits for infertile women, or those who have had their ovary tissue frozen before treatment for diseases such as cancer...

  • 09:30 - The creation of 'Synthia' - Synthetic life

    This week the J Craig Venter Institute announced the creation to huge fanfare of a brand new synthetic microorganism dubbed, “Synthia.” This has prompted lots of excitement but also lots of controversy. Some people have argued that Synthia isn’t entirely synthetic. So to tell...

  • 13:32 - BioBlitz in Bristol - engaging the public with nature

    2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, and as part of that, BioBlitz events will be going on across the country. Their aim is to get the public to come and help catalogue all the biodiversity in that area. Ed Drewitt from the Bristol Natural History Museum tells us more...

  • 19:40 - Studying Devil Facial Tumour Disease

    An iconic animal, the Tasmanian Devil is under threat from a type of cancer that can be transmitted between individuals. Elizabeth Murchison from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has been studying the genetics of the cancer.

  • 27:16 - Can you catch cancer?

    Is cancer contagious? Could you catch it from someone?

  • 28:43 - HPV and Cervical Cancer

    Human Papillomavirus or HPV is the main cause of the majority of cases of cervical cancer. Professor Margaret Stanley from the Department of Pathology at Cambridge University explains more about what we know about the virus and the newly-introduced HPV vaccine.

  • 49:37 - What are the consequences of HPV infection in males?

    Dr. Chris and Co. I know that cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus and it is transmitted to the woman by the man during intercourse. Do men get the HPV from women who are infected? Can a man get it from another man? Can a women get it from another woman? Finally, ...

  • 50:34 - How are translocations related to cancers?

    Hello Chris,   My question deals with cancer. I have been hearing on your show that 3-5 mutation in the stem cells leads to cancer (cancers are so different) but working as a cytogenetics in Chicago specifically leukemia. There are many translocations that are linked directly ...



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