FT Science with Clive Cookson

In this week’s podcast: We talk to the head of science at the Royal Horticultural Society about the science of gardening and about a new competition he has launched to encourage biodiversity in gardens, called The Big Wildlife Garden; we talk to Amy Gutmann, chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, about an awful breach of ethics which involved US researchers in Guatemala infecting people with sexually transmitted diseases without their consent; and, Deborah Cohen reports for the BMJ on an unprecedented disclosure of product information by a medical technology company.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Andrew Jack and Diana Garnham.

Produced by LJ Filotrani

 

We are live from the British Science Festival in Bradford, for this week’s podcast.

Astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, President of the British Science Association, joins Clive Cookson and FT Science regular, Diana Garnham, to talk about her presidential address, on the theme of science and culture. She also talks about the influence of poetry in her life and reads a couple of poems.

Nadia Ramlagan from AAAS reports on the love songs male hummingbirds make with their tail feathers to attract females

Presented by Clive Cookson with Diana Garnham.

Produced by LJ Filotrani

 

In this week’s podcast: we review a report by the Science Council on the scientific workforce; we talk to Jonathan Wood, medical and scientific press officer for Oxford University, about his internship at the FT; and, Duncan Jarvies from the BMJ asks whether eating chocolate is really good for your health.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Diana Garnham.

Produced by LJ Filotrani

 

In this week’s podcast: We discuss the science and business of vaccine development with chief executive of biotech company Seek, Gregory Stoloff and Nadia Ramlagan from AAAS reports on how electronic ‘smart skin’ will provide a new way to monitor the human body.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Andrew Jack.

Produced by LJ Filotrani

 

In this week’s podcast: We talk to commissioning and governance director of the Genetics Labs at Guy’s Hospital, London, Gail Norbury, about gene testing laboratories and patents on DNA; and, Harriet Vickers, from the BMJ, reports on mobile detection units for tuberculosis in the UK.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Diana Garnham.

Produced by LJ Filotrani

 

In this week’s podcast: We talk to professor of medical immunlology at Leeds University and founder of biotech start-up Tissue Regenix, Eileen Ingham, about tissue engineering – how we can make new body parts to replace ones that have failed; and, we look at the health of Britain’s science-based businesses with serial entrepreneur Hermann Hauser of Amadeus Capital Partners.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Diana Garnham.

Produced by LJ Filotrani

 

In this week’s podcast: we discuss the efficacy of alternative and complementary medicine with once advocate, now critic, Professor Edzard Ernst; and, we find out from Duncan Jarvies and the BMJ, how cities can be made more ‘age-friendly’ for increasingly ageing populations.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Andrew Jack.

Produced by LJ Filotrani

 

In this week’s podcast: We talk to chief executive of the UK National Centre for the Replacement and Reduction of Animals in Research, Vicky Robinson, about a new policy set out by the UK government to reduce the use of animals in research; and, we hear about the stressful life of an alpha male baboon, from Nadia Ramlagan and AAAS.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Andrew Jack and Diana Garnham.

Produced by LJ Filotrani

 

In this week’s podcast: We talk to Andrew Miller, Labour MP and chair of the Science and Technology Committee, about a new inquiry examining the importance of experiments in school science lessons, plus Duncan Jarvies reports for the BMJ on water and whether there is any scientific evidence that proves drinking too little is harmful.

Presented by Andrew Jack with Diana Garnham.

Produced by LJ Filotrani

 

In this week’s podcast: We talk to Francis Collins, head of the world’s biggest biomedical research agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about translating basic science into clinical benefits; we discover the sound of graphs with a Bristol research team at this year’s Royal Society Summer Exhibition; and, Duncan Jarvies from the BMJ reports on what really happened during the recent outbreak of e. coli in Germany.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Andrew Jack.

Produced by LJ Filotrani