Science pick: Nature PastCast

podcastNot sure I already mentioned this earlier, but I am a podcast junkie. The one I listen to every week is This week in Virology, and it’s “spin-offs”, This week in microbiology, and This week in Parasitism. I also listen to the Nature/Science podcast here and there, and discovered recently a new podcast made by Nature Publishing Group, the Nature PastCast.

The idea is to talk, once a month, about these old legendary papers published in Nature. The presenter and producer of these episodes gives more details about it here. The first episode is a tribute to the discovery of the structure of DNA which was 60 years ago. They feature Raymond Gosling, a 86 year-old men now, who was a PhD student in the lab of King’s college at the time of the discovery.

I thought this was a super good idea, and to come back to This week in Virology, some epidoes also consist of interviews of these “legends” of biology. One of the most amazing was the one with Pr. Marcus, the first scientist to clone HeLa cells. He talks about the whole process, and has crazy anecdotes, like his mentor calling Princeton one day and saying “I’d like to talk to Einstein, please.” I would really really recommend this podcast to everybody !

Here are the links to :

The first PastCast about DNA structure.

TVIW with Pr. Marcus 

-Many other nowadays/legend scientists guests on TVIW

And you, do you have any good podcasts to recommend ?

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All you ever wanted to know about viruses

I am a big fan of the podcast series called “This week in Virology“, hosted by Vincent Racianello (also known as “the guy who made the infectious cDNA of Polio”, said with all due respect and admiration); Dickson Despommier (An excellent parasitologist, now into vertical farming), and Alan Dove (a science writer and blogger at http://alandove.com/).

Every other day, they take 1-2 hours, to talk about viruses, the latest good papers in the field, and the weather.

 I love listening to these guys while I inject fruit flies for hours in our little fly room. Sometimes, it’s feels like traveling in space to their studio, and just have a casual lit’ discussion with them. The first podcast I listened to was the one with Raul Andino, casualy talking about RNA interference and immunity in Drosophila (Thanks to my very cool boss for the recommendation, if he ever reads me :)) .

Thanks to them, I already learned a lot about viruses, and most importantly, got contaminated with their “infectious enthusiasm” about good fundamental science and virology in general.

I can only recommend it to anybody who is remotely interested in science and viruses, it’s very accessible to any kind of public.

No more waiting, here is the link to their website :

http://www.twiv.tv/