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Biologist Jeremy Bar studies the tri-partite symbioses formed between the bacteriophage, the bacterial hosts (prokaryotes), and the eukaryotic human cells. The human microbiota interact in all types of interdependencies from beneficial to harmful to somewhere in between. Dr. Barr offers a lively telling of what we've learned about bacteria and viru…
 
Returning guest Shiraz Shah specializes in bioinformatics. He uses microbial data analysis to uncover the complex and fascinating relationships between viruses, bacteria, and chronic conditions like childhood asthma. This conversation serves as part of a series in preparation for Richard's upcoming book on viruses, and Shiraz Shah shares his unique…
 
In this podcast, returning guest and computational biologist and author Eugene V. Koonin and Richard examine intriguing angles of virus behavior. Dr. Koonin is a contributor to Richard's upcoming book on viruses, and Richard sees him as a cornerstone of his own biological knowledge. An expert on the origin and evolution of life, Dr. Koonin graces l…
 
Without glycogen, we couldn't go very far. Dr. Sullivan is a specialist in the glycogen molecule, which stores glucose, our energy source. In this podcast, he describes exciting discoveries and future research centered on glycogen presence that might help explain the connection between diabetes and kidney disease. Listen and hear answers to these q…
 
Dr. Reid specializes in host pathogen interactions studies such as investigating the chikungunya virus infection and Ebola virus microbiology. A returning guest, he and Richard discuss all things virus in this episode as Dr. Reid will contribute to Richard's upcoming book on viruses. Their conversation covers Why it's significant that all life form…
 
While Dr. Jospeh Masci could speak on numerous specific issues in the realm of infectious diseases microbiology, today's discussion centers on a general exploration of virus behaviors and characteristics. In this podcast, he addresses Why he centered his work on the study of common infectious diseases and those with special urgency such as HIV/AIDS…
 
The COVID-19 situation isn’t the first of its kind—not entirely, at least. For as many times as you’ve heard voices claiming it’s triggered the “new normal,” you should have also heard the voices of reason and evidence and logic, which assert that it’s really more like an old normal, yet one that is causing unprecedented levels of damage to the und…
 
This is a unique show in the Finding Genius series. Podcast founder and host Richard Jacobs sites Perry Marshall’s ideas as the impetus for starting the Finding Genius podcast. In this discussion listeners can learn more about why and hear about an upcoming symposium Marshall has helped construct on cancer and evolutionary biology. He explains What…
 
Dr. Anderson' research focuses on the interaction between genetics, evolutionary biology, and tropical diseases. He works with the two most dominant parasites that infect humans and cause particularly high mortality in children: those species that cause malaria and schistosomiasis. In this podcast, he discusses How genome sequencing methods play a …
 
In one line of research, Professor Levi Morran observes the coevolution of C. elegans strains and microbial pathogens through population level biology to ask how and why sex evolved and why it is maintained. This is part of his overall research into how genetics and evolution affect the interaction of hosts and microbes. In this podcast, he explore…
 
Dr. Oliver Schacht says that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious pandemic that needs as much attention as COVID-19. In fact, 700,000 people now die annually across the globe from AMR infections. In this podcast, he addresses Why antibiotic resistance is a problem that merits a global response, How slower old-school testing of bacterial infe…
 
After Dr. Myles Spar noticed that women far outnumbered men as integrative medicine patients, he worked to reframe the messaging. In this podcast, he discusses Why integrative medicine provides key preventative health and wellness information often absent from internal medicine practices, What are three main hormones in men that are important to ad…
 
Renowned for his knowledge and expertise in biology, University of Oxford Professor Denis Noble once again returns to the show to share his insight. Today’s episode deals with the topic of viruses, and it is the first in what will be a thorough and compelling series on virology. Throughout the course of this series, Richard Jacobs will interview ap…
 
Returning guest and founder of Quantgene, Jo Bhakdi, discusses his work at Quantgene in the COVID-19 testing arena. Press play to learn: What the difference is between specificity and sensitivity, and why a consideration of both is critical for COVID-19 testing What the difference is between antigen, antibody, and PCR-based COVID-19 test procedures…
 
Courtney Sexton is a PhD student researching what we can learn from other species about our own and how to better interact with animals that share our habitat, like dogs. She's especially interested in the evolution of nonverbal communication. In this podcast, she discusses Implications of the long history of human and dog coevolution, Examples of …
 
Jeff Chilton has been involved one way or another in organic mushroom cultivation and mushroom health benefits since the 1970s. In this podcast, he tells listeners Which compounds in fungi boost our immune system and how the supplement industry is making them more available to consumers, What processes they use to extract these beneficial compounds…
 
Professor Wood specializes in the roles of soil microbial communities and is currently studying the importance of microbial diversity impacting plant diversity in rainforests. In this podcast, she explores How microbial communities in soil may work to reduce plant species that are too dominate, Why studying the importance of microbes in the environ…
 
In the early part of her career, Melanie Weller saw mostly patients who'd gone through several other treatment systems without symptom relief. Treating this population put her in a position to consider vagus nerve symptoms as a means for addressing a road block of sorts in their body. In this podcast, she discusses Common manifestations of vagus ne…
 
In the world of diabetes, Khambatta and Barbaro are teaching something that no one else is, and it’s working. In this episode, you will learn: What it means to be insulin resistant, and how insulin resistance develops in the body How refined sugar differs from natural sugar in terms of the mechanisms by which they are metabolized and promote insuli…
 
Leigh Rothschild has been inventing and filing for new patents since his teenage years and now has at least 130 patents to his name, mostly technology patents, with about 200 more pending approval. In this podcast he discusses his own entrepreneurship development and today's patent process. He discusses How to monetize patents as well as applicatio…
 
Dr. Nick West, Chief Medical Officer and Divisional Vice President of Global Medical Affairs, Abbott Vascular at Abbot joins the show to discuss his research on coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD). In this episode, you’ll discover: Where your heart receives its blood supply, and how the answer could lead to a potentially lethal underlying cond…
 
Amy Waterman directs the Transplant Research and Education Center at UCLA. She works with patients navigating any disease of the kidney and helps educate them on corresponding choices, from dialysis treatment to getting on a transplant list. She discusses How the general process works as a patient enters their center, from considering treatment opt…
 
Dr. Pamela Smith is Director of Medical Education at the American Academy of Anti-Aging. She shares insight on her areas of expertise: thyroid disease, and female hormones. Tune in to learn: Why it’s not sufficient to only check thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in order to assess optimal thyroid function Why only two (rather than all three) types …
 
Academic gastrologist Professor Stefan Schreiber is both a clinician and researcher exploring inflammatory bowel disease treatment. In this podcast, he discusses Why a patient may experience inflammatory bowel disease symptoms long before they present with classic indications for an inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis, What statistical relevance h…
 
Associate professor and researcher at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Bethanie Almroth, joins the show to discuss her research and expertise in ecotoxicology and microplastics pollution. In this episode, you will learn: Roughly how many chemicals are in plastic packaging materials, and under what conditions they could leach out and cause ec…
 
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