Best Biology podcasts — Theories, lectures and scientific researches (Updated December 2018; image)
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This Week in Microbiology is a podcast about unseen life on Earth.
 
This Week in Virology is a netcast about viruses - the kind that make you sick. Three virology professors and a science writer explain how viruses work and how they cause disease.
 
This Week in Evolution is a podcast on the biology behind what makes us tick.
 
The BBC Natural History Unit produces a wide range of programmes that aim to immerse a listener in the wonder, surprise and importance that nature has to offer.
 
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Evolution Talk
Monthly
 
Voice artists, music, and effects bring Charles Darwin and others to life in this educational introduction to the oldest story ever told. Brought to you by Rick Coste Productions.
 
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Breaking Bio
Monthly+
 
A group of biologists brings you into the world of evolution and biodiversity research by interviewing the people making new and exciting discoveries about our world.
 
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Natures Talk Show
Weekly+
 
Natures Talk Show is dedicated to helping save and preserve Nature by helping people understand that every living thing has a place and a reason to be here. Conservation, preservation and habitat are of huge interest on our show. We are going to be doing more youth oriented programs and things that we hope will help save all the amazing things that life has to offer.
 
The Mosaic Science Podcast - audio documentaries and audio versions of our weekly longread. Mosaic is a digital magazine that publishes compelling stories exploring the science of life. Produced by the Wellcome Trust. More at mosaicscience.com.
 
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biobytes
Monthly
 
biobytes is a series of life sciences news podcasts highlighting original scientific research published in Journal of Cell Biology. Each show features interviews with leading scientists from across the globe.
 
A video podcast by the American Society for Microbiology that highlights the latest in microbiology, life science, and related topics. ASM is composed of over 42,000 scientists and health professionals with the mission to advance the microbial sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.
 
ACS Chemical Biology publishes free Podcasts highlighting articles and news pieces published in the journal and discussing the latest activities on its community web site. These include interviews with our authors, editorial board members, editors and science writers.
 
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Creature Feature
Weekly
 
We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join comedians and science-lovers as we get inside the minds of animals
 
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Science at AMNH
Monthly+
 
Current science and the latest research from scientists at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History and guest speakers.
 
ACS Synthetic Biology introduces a series of podcasts highlighting articles published in the journal.
 
Periodic audiocasts from Science Signaling, the signal transduction knowledge environment.
 
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BioLogic
Rare
 
The logic behind the science: Conversations with Broad researchers exploring what they do and why they do it, from Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
 
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Douchy's Biology
Monthly+
 
A podcast focussed on the Victorian VCE Unit 3/4 Biology course.
 
This is the podcast created by Biology Teacher Aaron Mathieu from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Massachusetts. Each episode, I will sit down with a different life science teacher and talk about his or her path to the classroom, work in the classroom, and hopes and dreams for the future.
 
ACS Nano produces regular podcasts that feature interviews with contributors and editors.
 
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Raul Andino joins Vincent and Amy to talk about the finding that a cricket paralysis virus protein restricts RNA-based immunity in insects by regulating the activity and stability of the Argonaute protein. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Amy Rosenfeld Guest: Raul Andino Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV ...…
 
Can animals suffer from mental illness? We explore issues of mental health, imprisonment, and midlife crisis in animals and humans, while also clearing the good name of cuckoos. With special guest Hana Michels. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And to learn about your ad choices ...…
 
Oklahoma has lost a million pounds of fat. Ian Birrell asks how – and whether declaring ‘war on obesity’ can really change a city’s infrastructure and encourage healthy living. Written by Ian Birrell, read by Kirsten Irving, produced by Barry J Gibb If you liked this story, we recommend listening to Brazil's billion dollar gym experiment by Ian ...…
 
At the University of Zürich, Vincent speaks with virologists Cornel Fraeful, Urs Greber, and Silke Stertz about their careers and their work on AAV2, adenovirus entry, and influenza virus. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Guests: Cornel Fraeful, Urs Greber, and Silke Stertz Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! ...…
 
As the logo of the RSPB, the slender black and white avocet is a familiar bird in winter on the river Exe in Devon, but not in the summer. By the mid Victorian era the avocet had all but stopped breeding in Britain and it was not until 1947 that the first avocet bred again in Suffolk. Since then the breeding population has increased dramaticall ...…
 
The TWiM-opods consider two stories about exosomes, vesicles that are shed from cells: those that eliminate airway pathogens, and those from the plants we eat that shape our gut microbiome. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson. Subscribe to TWiM (free) on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Android, RSS, or by email. Get ...…
 
Holy mother of animals... from feasting upon mommy's flesh, to mom mafias, these creatures will make you rethink motherhood. Join us as we explore some of the scariest mom (and baby) monsters, both human and animal. Sometimes mommy dearest is mommy deadliest. With special guest Miles Gray of The Daily Zeitgeist. Learn more about advertising on ...…
 
Glenn is a biology teacher at Berkeley High School, in Berkeley, California. With a few breaks, including working as a school administrator about 15 years ago and in the multimedia industry during the 1990s, Glenn has been working as a teacher since 1987. He’s currently also a co-leader for the Berkeley High science department and has worked as ...…
 
Headlines scream about “epidemics” of shootings and stabbings – but what if we took that literally? From Chicago to Glasgow, treating violence as a public health problem has produced great results. Written by Samira Shackle Read by Kirsten Irving Produced by Graihagh Jackson Subscribe to our podcast: Apple Podcasts itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/m ...…
 
The TWiVsters review isolation of a naturally occurring DNA virus from fruit flies, and the cell-type specific function of a small transmembrane protein encoded in an open reading frame upstream of the enterovirus polyprotein. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcast ...…
 
Today on Creature Feature: We visit a freaky Frankenstein of fornication, the sex zombies who roam the earth, and a murderous stalker of amorous teens. Which of our animal contenders will bring home the gold in the first annual Worst at Sex Awards? With special guest comedian Eric Lampaert of the Topical Island Podcast. Learn more about adverti ...…
 
Applying mild electrical currents to your head could take away pain, help memory and improve attention – and the US military is very interested. Emma Young reports. Written by Emma Young, read by Kirsten Irving, produced by Barry J Gibb If you liked this story, we recommend Can you think yourself into a different person? by Will Story, also ava ...…
 
Team TWiV cover the discovery of another giant virus from 30,000 year old Siberian permafrost, and how viral aggregation accelerates the production of new infectious viruses and increases fitness, demonstrating an Allee effect. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker Subscribe (free): iTune ...…
 
What does a carnivorous plant have in common with the design for a water-saving toilet? What about a hungry cell with surgical equipment? It may be surprising to learn that engineers still turn to the natural world for inspiration. For Tak-Sing Wong, a professor of engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, nature is a constant source of ...…
 
Apparently "Just Say No" doesn't work on animals. We look at the most seedy vices in the human and natural world. Doped up dolphins, bats with DUIs, naughty otters, and a drunken mutiny on a Russian plane. With special guest Robert Evans from Behind The Bastards and Cracked.com. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www. ...…
 
Tammy Fay is a department leader biology teacher at Masconomet Regional High School in Boxford, MA. Tammy has developed four elective courses in biotechnology, bioethics, and two interdisciplinary courses Prometheus Unleashed and Mission Mars. Tammy has also been involved with implementing the Amgen Biotech Experience in her school district. Mo ...…
 
In Finland, people whose sickness is linked to certain buildings fear being labelled as mentally ill, while scientists search for evidence that their condition is ‘real’. Written by Shayla Love Read by Graihagh Jackson If you liked this story, we recommend Shayla Love's story 'Meet the dogs with OCD', also available as a podcast.…
 
The TWiVidae review universal influenza vaccines that are in clinical trials, and discovery of an atypical parvovirus that causes chronic kidney disease in middle aged, immunocompromised laboratory mice. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Pod ...…
 
David Quammen joins Nels and Vincent to talk about his new book, A Tangled Tree, including evolutionary trees, Carl Woese, Lynn Margulis, horizontal gene transfer, and much more. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Guest: David Quammen Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiEVO David's website David on T ...…
 
The TWiM team considers the state of the world’s fungi as revealed by a report from the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, and how Salmonella loses motility to evade host defenses. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Elio Schaechter, and Michele Swanson Take our listener survey. Thanks! asm.org/twimpoll Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunes, Goo ...…
 
Death is just another part of life... or is it? Let's explore some of the strangest ways of coping with death in the animal and human world. We'll look at freaky funerals, real-life zombies, brains in jars, immortality, and most importantly... chicken hypnosis. With special guest Cody Johnston, host of the Some More News Podcast. Learn more abo ...…
 
One nerve connects your vital organs, sensing and shaping your health. If we learn to control it, the future of medicine will be electric. Written by Gaia Vince, read by Kirsten Irving, produced by Barry J Gibb, edited by Geoff Marsh For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to our podcast: iTunes itunes. ...…
 
The TWiVomers review a potential role for herpes simplex virus type 1 as a cause of Alzheimer's Disease, including the finding that amyloid-beta acts as an antiviral by enveloping virus particles. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Brianne Barker Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Becom ...…
 
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than in this episode. We'll cover pyromaniacs, fishy scams, kleptomaniac penguins, and what moral philosophy has to do with sex. With special guest Alex Schmidt (Cracked Podcast.) Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And ...…
 
In this episode, I sit down with five teachers who will be presenting at the 2018 NABT Conference in San Diego. My conversations are Jon Darkow from Seneca East High School in Attica, OH, Kelly Kluthe from Olathe West High School, Olathe, KS, Paul Strode from Fairview High School in Boulder, CO, Dessy Dimova from Franklin High School, Somerset, ...…
 
When doctors in rural Italy began to see a surge in cancer cases, they were baffled. Then they made the link with industrial waste being dumped by local crime syndicates. Ian Birrell learns about the tragic consequences. Written by Ian Birrell Read by Michael Regnier Produced by Graihagh Jackson Subscribe to our podcast: Apple Podcasts itunes.a ...…
 
Vincent travels to Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA to speak with Nick and Leslie about their careers and their work on human cytomegalovirus and retroviruses. Host: Vincent Racaniello Guests: Nicholas Buchkovich and Leslie Parent Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Links for this episode ...…
 
The TWiM rock stars show how to modify gram-positive antibiotics so they can kill gram-negative cells, and bacteria that have both DNA and RNA in their genome. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Michael Schmidt Links for this episode Antibiotics for gram-positives that kill gram-negatives (J Med Chem) Sideromycin commentary (Am Council Sci Health) B ...…
 
It's a kink-off between humans and animals! No type of love is too strange: Man and car? Woman and Eiffel Tower? Rat and cat? We'll find out that Cupid is one sick pervert. Featuring Alex Shifman, host of the podcast “At Least There’s This.” Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And ...…
 
"Polio was unpredictable. Often no more harmful than any other childhood infection, it could on occasion ‘turn’ with swift, inexplicable savagery, destroying a child’s nerve cells and leaving him paralysed for life. If it damaged the nerves controlling his lungs they could freeze up and György would either die or spend the rest of his life insi ...…
 
Brianne and Vincent tackle two studies that utilize infectious viruses to examine zoonotic potential of Bombali virus, a new ebolavirus from an insectivorous species in Sierra Leone, and a human mumps-like virus from an African flying fox in DRC. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Brianne Barker Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email ...…
 
In April 2018, the Gaia space telescope released its second catalog of over 1.3 billion stellar distances, helping astronomers map the Milky Way like never before. Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty takes us on a tour through her current work using Gaia data to visualize and study the galaxy.This SciCafe included brand new visualizations that let yo ...…
 
We take a critter’s eye view to explore how animal behavior parallels humans. Join host Katie Goldin as she, comedians, and science-lovers get inside the minds of animals. Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit https ...…
 
Mia joins Nels and Vincent to unravel their finding that the transposons that maintain the ends of chromosomes in Drosophilahave evolved in conflict with the genome. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Guest: Mia Levine Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiEVO Levine Lab at U Penn Telomere elongation w ...…
 
Sex workers in Mozambique are providing health support to those at the margins of society. They face political and financial challenges, but against the odds they are helping thousands. Written by Jules Montague Read by Kirsten Irving Produced by Graihagh Jackson For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe ...…
 
Scott is currently in his eighth year of teaching biotechnology at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Scott has been involved with implementing aspects of the Amgen Biotech Experience at his school. More recently, Scott has been part of a team of teachers who are designing LabXchange pat ...…
 
Lonya and Jeremy take the TWiV team beTWIXt primate immunodeficiency virus proteins Vpx and Vpr and how they counteract transcriptional repression of proviruses by the HUSH complex. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker Guests: Leonid Yorkovetskiy and Jeremy Luban Subscribe (free): iTunes ...…
 
The shifting shingle world of Dungeness is a remarkable place. There are four internationally important shingle peninsulas in the world. Two in Germany, one in America, (Cape Canaveral) and yes you've guessed it, Dungeness in Kent. The unique landscape of Dungeness has been studied since Medieval times giving scientists such as Erica Towner and ...…
 
The TWiM people reveal that phages must cooperate to overcome CRISPR-Cas defenses, and the effect of the herbicide glyphosate on the gut microbiome of honey bees. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, Michael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Android, RSS, or by email. You can also ...…
 
"Losing enjoyment of food and drink is a common complaint for people who lose their sense of smell. You can taste sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami with your tongue. More complex flavours – like grapefruit or barbecued steak – depend on smell. But for Nick, as for many people who can’t smell, there’s another category of loss altogether." Los ...…
 
The TWiV team notes the passing of Tom Steitz, an outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis in the US, a continuing Ebola virus outbreak in DRC, respiratory vaccinia due to inhalation of ground up rabbit skin, and how a human papillomavirus capsid protein directs virus-containing endosomes towards the nucleus. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despom ...…
 
The jay is one of Britain’s most colourful birds. A kaleidoscope of fawns, pinks, greys, black and white, alongside striking blue wing patches which, if you’re lucky enough to get close to see, alter in graduated shades of blue and prove unmistakable in a discarded feather. Colourful they may be, for many of us though the normal view of a jay i ...…
 
Chris Chou is science teacher at Longmont High School in Longmont, Colorado. She currently teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Biology and Forensic Science and coordinates the Medical & BioScience Academy program. In addition to her teaching, Chris advises a Students Modeling a Research Topic or SMART team. Chris is a member of the BSCS/NABT AP Bio ...…
 
Melioidosis is a bacterial infection that quietly causes thousands of deaths each year. Meet the doctor who made it his mission to make the world take notice. Written by Carrie Arnold Read by Michael Regnier Produced by Graihagh Jackson For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to our podcast: Apple Podca ...…
 
The TWiVumvirate reviews this years crop of Nobel Prizes, and how cells prevent leakage of mitochondrial double-stranded RNA into the cytoplasm, which would otherwise lead to the production of interferon. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a p ...…
 
Today’s fashion for self-built homes may have started a few decades ago, but for nearly 200 million years, a family of insects have been quietly developing their own, des res. Depending on where you come from, they are sometimes known as ‘straw worms’, or ‘case worms’, but for most they are simply called ‘caddis’. The origin of the word "caddis ...…
 
The TWiM team describe the involvement of a microbiome in snail metamorphosis, and using Listeria to kill tumors. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson. Subscribe to TWiM (free) on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Android, RSS, or by email. Get the entire ASM Podcast Network via our Microbeworld app. Become a Patron of ...…
 
In a world obsessed with beauty, living with a facial disfigurement can be hard. Neil Steinberg explores the past and present to find out what it’s like to look different. Written by Neil Steinberg Read by Pip Mayo Produced by Barry J Gibb Edited by Geoff Marsh Subscribe to our podcast: Apple Podcasts itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mosai…id9649282 ...…
 
From the 13th International Symposium on dsRNA viruses in Belgium, Vincent speaks with Harry Greenberg about his career and his work on rotaviruses, noroviruses, hepatitis B virus, and influenza virus. Host: Vincent Racaniello Guest: Harry Greenberg Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Links for this ep ...…
 
In this episode, Lindsey Chapman will bring this story up to date since this episode was first broadcast in 2008, offering some up to date thoughts on all things molluscan.It is not often on the Living World that the largest or biggest of any species is discovered. Yet in this episode Lionel Kelleway is in search of a large slimy creature. Thou ...…
 
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