April 23, 2017
Genetic Engineering

077 — Cancer Immunotherapy

April 8, 2017 4

The newest and most promising therapies for challenging cancers are adopting molecular-biology strategies.  Brain tumors are especially problematic because of their location impedes patient function and presents formidable barriers to surgical treatments.  But new molecular […]

Agriculture

067 – The National Academies Report on Genetic Engineering

January 28, 2017 0

The National Academies of Science is one of the most respected scientific organizations on the planet, composed of well-established scientists and other scholars that perform important functions in vetting scientific claims and steering scientific agendas […]

Food

055 Nutrition in the First 1000 Days

October 14, 2016 0

Beginning at conception, a new human’s development and long-term health are critically dependent on the availablity of proper nutrition.  The right nutrients at the right time can have profound impacts on individuals, but also have […]

Agriculture

054 Peanuts; Talking to Family about GMO

October 8, 2016 2

The peanut is a valuable crop for American farmers and is extensively cultivated worldwide.  It is an important source of protein and healthy oils.  At the same time the public is concerned about peanut allergies and […]

Agriculture

051 Weed Killer in Vaccines?

September 17, 2016 12

Today’s episode is born of frustration.  Fear-mongering non-experts are abusing improper interpretations from an available herbicide detection kit to make claims that herbicides are now found in vaccines.  Namely, they seek to find glyphosate, the […]

Human Health

046 Genetics of Depression; Women and Science

August 13, 2016 6

Talking Biotech Podcast #46 was a lot of fun.  My co-host is the effervescent Kiona Elliott, a wonderful undergraduate student in my lab that not only is studying science, but she’s also studying how to communicate […]

Agriculture

044 Indian Farmers Suicides 2, Your Questions

July 30, 2016 3

Talking Biotech Podcast #44 continues Kavin Senapathy’s interview with Dr. Ronald Herring.  Dr. Herring is a Professor of Government and International Professor of Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University. Dr. Herring is a social scientist […]

Agriculture

043 Indian Farmer Suicides

July 23, 2016 1

  In discussion of genetically engineered crops  there is frequent reference to farmer suicides in India.  Claims are made that Indian farmers build massive debt for cotton seeds, they become beholden to Monsanto for the […]

Communication

042 The National Academies Report Summary

July 16, 2016 5

The Seralini Rats make an appearance a the NAS Report Summary. A report on Genetically Engineered Crops was commissioned by the National Academies of Science, and a committee was convened to review the current literature. […]

Agriculture

032 In Search of Celiac-Safe Wheat

April 16, 2016 0

Dietary reactions to wheat are on the rise, and science is grasping for answers.  One approach to work around the genetic basis of the reaction, and that is well understood.  With that information, scientists like Dr. […]

Agriculture

030 Glyphosate in Breast Milk and Wine?

April 3, 2016 4

Recent unpublished reports are popping up on the internet that suggest that the herbicide glyphosate is showing up at dangerous levels in a variety of places.  These range from breast milk, to beer, to wine, […]

Agriculture

025 — Beautiful GMOs and the Not-So-Dirty Dozen

February 26, 2016 1

In today’s Talking Biotech Podcast the first guest is Keira Havens.   She’s the CEO of Revolution Bio, a company turned non-profit that is interested in using the power of plants to introduce the public […]

Communication

019 The SciBabe Talks Toxins; Your Questions Answered

October 3, 2015 2

Today chemophobia rules supreme.  From fast-food establishments to farming critics, everyone seems to be an expert, except the experts! Talking Biotech #19 features The SciBabe, Yvette d’Entremont (@TheSciBabe).  She has experience in the chemical industries […]

Agriculture

018 Insecticides, Herbicides, Organic and Conventional Ag

September 26, 2015 1

The topic of “pesticides” is the new frontier in the opposition to agricultural biotechnology.  Opponents of the technology blame new genetic improvement methods for perceived increases in chemical controls for plant, animal and fungal pests. […]

Agriculture

007 Stopping Avian Flu Spread; Potato Origins

July 11, 2015 1

This episode of Talking Biotech features stories of genetically engineered chickens that do not spread the avian influenza virus. This year over 45 million birds have died or have been euthanized because of illness from […]

Agriculture

002 Engineering Hornless Cows; Blueberry Origins

June 14, 2015 1

  This episode of Talking Biotech features Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam from the University of California at Davis.  She is a Cooperative Extension Specialist working in genetic improvement of cattle.  Dr. Van Eenennaam discusses the […]