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The cost of cognition: The blessing and curse of human brain complexity

By Shane Huntington

Neuroscientist Prof Seth Grant explains how genetics gave rise to the modern human brain, and how the very complexity that characterises our brains makes them vulnerable to neurological diseases that reveal themselves in mental illness.

SHANE HUNTINGTON

Molecular gaze: How discoveries in the life sciences are changing our identities and politics

By Lynne Haultain

Prof. Nikolas Rose explores how scientific developments have changed conceptions of human identity and governance, and what this means for our political, socio-economic and legal futures.

LYNNE HAULTAIN

Natural value: Pricing ecosystems, and its implications for conservation policy

Conservation ecologist Assoc. Prof. Brendan Wintle considers the difficult questions and dilemmas that arise in decisions around species and ecosystem conservation, and whether a monetary value can or should be applied to nature.

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Ribosomes: Unlocking the secrets to your cellular protein factories

By Dyani Lewis

Nobel laureate Prof Ada Yonath discusses her work on understanding ribosomes – the protein factories that are found in every cell of every living organism.

Altered expression: Epigenetics and its influence on human development

By Dyani Lewis

Geneticist Dr Marnie Blewitt explains how epigenetics makes us more than just our genes and how gene inactivation can be crucial to our development.

DYANI LEWIS

Screening along the spectrum: The search for a genetic test for autism

By Shane Huntington

Neuropsychiatrist Prof Chris Pantelis and neural engineering researcher Prof Stan Skafidas discuss the potential for the use of genetics to improve the diagnosis of autism.

SHANE HUNTINGTON

Compound benefits: Creating new materials to aid cleaner energy generation

By Shane Huntington

Materials scientist Prof David Sholl explains how new hi-tech metal hydrides and metal-organic frameworks can be used to increase the efficiency of nuclear power stations and to capture carbon dioxide emissions in coal-fired power plants.

SHANE HUNTINGTON

Beyond the tremors: Understanding the impact of Parkinson’s disease

By Shane Huntington

Neuroscientist and neurologist Prof Malcolm Horne discusses Parkinson’s disease, and examines new technological developments and the prospects they offer for early diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

SHANE HUNTINGTON

Viral diary: The global rise and near demise of polio

By Dyani Lewis

Virologist Prof Vincent Racaniello discusses how poliovirus causes paralysis, and how close we are to eradicating the disease.

DYANI LEWIS

Organs on a chip: How 3D models of living tissue are changing biomedical research

By Dyani Lewis

Bioengineer Prof Donald Ingber discusses how three-dimensional models of living human organs can advance our understanding of human physiology in ways that animal models can’t.

DYANI LEWIS