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Episode 9: Beer Goggles Optional

Join David, Diego, Alisa, and Nick for our very first “Beer Goggles Optional.” We kick back with cold drinks to share our favorite articles: a landmark cancer study in the 70’s to honor the late Janet Rowley, non-invasive sequencing of the DNA of human eggs, and the real reason that Dave might take after the dinosaurs.

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Episode 8: 2013 Year in Goggles

A highlights episode of Goggles Optional in 2013. The episode features the discussion surrounding 23andme, how being around males can shorten lifespan, and how you’ve got a friend in poop. Plus the best of hot start and the bloopers.

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Episode 7: He’ll be the death of me!

Lisl, Nick, Diego, and Trisha interview Dr. Travis Maures on how the presence of male worms can shorten the lifespan of neighboring worms. The hosts also discuss how science is presented in the media and a link between gut bacteria and autism.

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Episode 6: You’ve got a friend in poo

Trisha, Alex, Alisa, and David interview co-first authors Jessica Ferreyra and Katharine Ng on gut bacteria. Plus, regenerating salamander limbs and what type of uranium is Iran enriching for anyway?

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Episode 5: Spiders in your Spaghetti

In episode 5, Diego, Alex, Lisl, and David explore science funding in Mexico, whether the fear of spiders in spaghetti can be inherited, and, pow! A new warrior against bacterial invaders!

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Episode 4: 23andme in trouble? Why, oh Y?

Lisl, Nick, Alex, and David celebrate turkey week with discussions on the controversy surrounding the personalized genome company 23andme, replacing the Y chromosome, and super-powered regenerating organs. The group also commemorates the career of Dr. Fred Sanger, and a definitive winner emerges from the weekly game show.

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Episode 3: Pew pew! Spiderman immune cells, and next stop, Mars!

Alex, Trisha, Diego, and David discuss the benefits of sending a spaceship to Mars, why staph infections are so frisky, and the origins of man’s best friend. Plus, Alex tries to defend her Scientist of the Week title against Diego in our game show, and a special opera performance by Trisha!

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Episode 2: Primordial soup, and look out for Platypus-zilla!

Lisl, Nick, Alex, and David discuss the validity of attributing Typhoon Haiyan to global warming. Plus, the hosts explore a possible explanation for the development of life, the discovery of Platypus-zilla, and what researchers have learned from giving mice tiny Brazilian bikini waxes.

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Episode 1 (Pilot): Ticks, and light-based mind control

Hosts Lisl, Trisha, Diego, and David find the Michael Phelps of the tick world, present the new diet of the 21st century: light based mind control, and demonstrate that graduate students just aren’t great at winning trivia.