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6.2 Endometriosis - the good, the bad, & the ugly

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Pain from endometriosis is said to be worse than giving birth. 1 in 10 women suffer from this condition, but few are aware. In this episode we learn about what makes endo so painful, why most people aren't aware of this condition, and what we can do to help those who are suffering.

Dr Mike Armour’s Email: M.Armour@westernsydney.edu.au

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5.8 Understanding Anti-Vaxxers

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Vaccine skeptics are typically vilified. People resort to mocking them and not actually engage in a conversation. In this episode we explore reasons why some people think vaccines are dangerous, and why we should engage with these people.

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5.7 Combating Dementia

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As you get older, your brain slowly breaks down. But, the brain of some people break down faster. Their subjective experience deteriorates. How does this happen? And what can we do to ensure we don't fall prey to Dementia? Join us in this episode for the answers!

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4.3 Ethics and Animal Research with Dr John Hadley

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Can we kill animals for food? How about art? Should we use animals for scientific research which might lead to therapies? John Hadley is a philosopher of ethics and in this episode, he talks to us not only about the ethics of using animals but also the nature of philosophy and philosophical thinking.

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4.1 Defeating Parasitic Fungi with Dr Michelle Moffitt

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Parasitic fungi cost the agriculture industry vast amounts of money every year. Michelle is looking to fight fire with fire by using other fungi strains to defeat these parasitic fungi. In this episode, she talks to us about her journey in microbiology and mycology, the uniqueness of fungi, and more.

#37 Understanding the History of Sexuality, Health, and Disease with Dr Alison Moore

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Dr Alison Moore is a historian studying the history of sexuality, health, and disease. In this episode she talks to us about her journey into history and medical science, how marrying both has given her a better perspective of history. She also talked us about menopause and how the symptoms may be socially constructed, how sexuality and sexual perversion was linked to the evolution of civilizations, and more. 

#35 Insider perspectives and fake news with Dr Tanya Notley

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Five satanic rituals that Trump used to become president! Number 4 will shock you!!!! This week we chat to Dr Tanya Notley about the rise of fake news and her fascinating research journey from media and communications to ethnographer. We find out what ethnography is and understand the limitations of outsider perspectives.

#33 X-rays, Black holes and the lives of galaxies with Dr Elaina Hyde

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Dr Elaina Hyde is an astronomer/astrophysicist by training and a data scientist by trade. She is also a Google Cloud engineering software instructor and works as a consultant at Servian. In this episode she tells us her journey into astronomy/astrophysics, and how her training led her to a consultancy job in data management. We also learn some cool things about black holes and lives of galaxies, things that science students should consider for the career, and more. 

#32 Scientific Fortune in Prostate Cancer Research with Dr Kieran Scott

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Dr Kieran Scott works at the Ingham Institute developing a cancer drug that targets inflammation as a means of treating prostate cancer. Kieran's currently at the clinical trial stage, testing his compound 'C2' on 12 participants.  We talked to Kieran about the process of drug development for Prostate cancer, the luck involved in scientific research, as well as the often ill-considered aspects of conducting research.

Note: During the discussion of the Shine Dalgarna sequence in this conversation, Dr Scott mistakenly referred to ribosomes binding to DNA when he intended to say RNA. To clarify the error, the mechanism by which the Shine Dalgarno sequence serves to direct protein translation in bacteria is that the sequence, encoded in DNA prior to the translation start site of a gene is transcribed into mRNA.  The ribosome recognises this site and so can initiate translation of the mRNA.