Monday, April 24th, 2017 - Momo Wisath Sae-Lee talks about using nematodes to study Alzheimer’s!

24Apr

While you are proabably familiar with Alzheimer's disease (AD), the microscopic creatures named nematodes/roundworms may be a bit more foreign. Believe it or not, these tiny worms have much more in common with humans than it seems, having already helped us unravel important cellular processes like programmed cell death and RNA interference that occur in humans as well as these worms. Futhermore, they may yet hold the key to unlocking a cure for AD! Listen in to hear Momo Wisath Sae-Lee tell us about how nematodes are helping to answer important questions like what makes certain types of neurons more vulnerable to degredation than others, what genetic risk factors can lead to neural degeneration, and how nematodes can help us screen future drugs to eradticate this debilitating disease.

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Monday, April 10th, 2017 - Ashley Green talks invasive species!

10Apr

What are invasive species? How do they get there? Why should we care? What can we do about them? Ashley Green talks us through these questions and more!

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Monday, April 3rd, 2017 - Azat Akhmetov talks about using DNA to store information!

3Apr

This week, Azat Akhmetov tells us how silicon-based data storage may become a thing of the past thanks to a familiar but unlikely new way to store data: in DNA! While current storage methods are limited by natural resources, stability, and physical constraints, DNA serves as a way to surpass these limits and revolutionize the way data is stored and accessed. His research focuses on tackling the challenges left standing to make this intersting idea a reality; tune in to find out more!

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