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Inherited risk: The benefit and burden of genetic testing for heritable diseases

By Dyani Lewis

Clinical and research geneticist Prof Ingrid Winship discusses the use of genetic testing to improve the lives of people with inherited diseases and their families, as well as the pitfalls of direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

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Gut harmony: Why the right mix of microbes is important to our health

By Dyani Lewis

Microbial ecologist Prof Rob Knight explains why we need the millions of microbes that make a home in and on our bodies.

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Deferring dementia: Research efforts to keep Alzheimer’s at bay

By Shane Huntington

Neurobiologist Prof Colin Masters explains current medical understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, and discusses ongoing research efforts towards delaying onset of this as yet incurable condition.

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Stuff the staff: Understanding and treating celiac disease

By Shane Huntington

Gastroenterologist and researcher Dr Jason Tye-Din explains celiac disease, discusses what can be done to manage the illness and discusses ongoing research towards better understanding and treatment.

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Music and mind: Can Mozart really sharpen your neural connections?

Cognitive psychologist Prof Glenn Schellenberg scrutinises the relationship between music and cognitive development.

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Tick-tock tussles: Why physicists can't agree on time

By Shane Huntington

Prof Craig Callender tells us how physics has changed our understanding of time and why some even argue that the notion of time is unnecessary.

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Life by numbers: Systems biology and its approach to researching disease

By Dyani Lewis

Biologist Dr Michael Inouye describes the emerging field of systems biology – how it integrates large amounts of diverse data to take an encompassing approach to the study of life processes, and how it can be applied to the study of disease.

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Pore me another: Understanding how toxins target and overcome membranes

By Dr Shane Huntington

Chemistry researchers Prof Frances Separovic and Prof Terry Lybrand discuss the biology of membranes, how toxins interact with membranes, and how these processes can be modelled.

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Useful imperfections: Nanodiamonds for quantum sensors in living cells

By Shane Huntington

Physicist Prof Lloyd Hollenberg explains how quantum technologies are leading to the development of sensors of only a few atoms’ size – small enough to be placed inside living cells to enable monitoring of biological processes.

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Making nice: Julian Savulescu and the case for moral bioenhancement

Philosopher and bioethicist Julian Savulescu joins host Peter Mares for a conversation on the potential for moral bioenhancement through direct brain stimulation, pharmacology or genetics, and the ethical implications of such interventions.

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