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  • The microbiome of death

    Episode 921 Release 212

    You'd think with dying being a part of living that we would know all there is to know about how the body decomposes. Not true, partly because ethical concerns limit our access to human corpses. But each new study sheds a bit more light. A recent one involves three donated human bodies to see how they decompose across seasons, climates, and environments. ... More » }

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    3D Printing a Brain

    Episode 920 Release 212

    The brain is perhaps our most mysterious and complex organ. Its structure is unique, and its chemical composition is much different from our other organs. One tool being refined in helping us understand the brain is growing tiny brains called organoids. Stem cells are coaxed into forming these pea-sized structures that then allow us to study it. ... More » }

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    A Cancer that Could be Eliminated

    Episode 919 Release 211

    We have few vaccines that can prevent cancer, but one is here and could save the lives of 300,000 women a year. Human papilloma viruses or HPV cause ninety percent of cervical cancers and the HPV vaccine can prevent it. Yet only a fifth of people get it. ... More » }

  • person in hospital gown and gloves juggling covid virus graphics and an earth

    Even More on Long COVID

    Episode 918 Release 211

    Even though COVID is no longer a national emergency, people continue to get Long COVID and many stay sick. A study using MRI imaging has shown that six months after infection, about 60 percent of people who were hospitalized had abnormal findings in their lungs, brains and other organs. ... More » }

  • Statue of Christopher Columbus

    Did Columbus Bring It to Europe

    Episode 917 Release 211

    In the late fourteen hundreds, a syphilis outbreak raged across Europe killing up to five million people. For centuries, Columbus was blamed for bringing the bacteria back from the New World. But scientists have never found historical evidence of the bacteria in the Americas - until now. When studying two-thousand-year-old remains of a burial site in Brazil, infection on the bones suggested a syphilis-like illness. ... More » }

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