Now that the mosquitos are gone for the winter (at least in parts of the Northern Hemisphere), Mel and Corey reflect on the awful problems they cause around the world even though they are important to many ecosystems. Did you know that scientists currently have the technology to wipe out mosquito species which carry the most deadly diseases? This week: the immense ethical dilemma of "gene drives" and what it means to possess this kind of power. On a positive note, in the spirit of the holiday season, consider donating a mosquito net to a family who could really use it! A small gift can make a huge difference. https://nothingbutnets.net/
Have you ever wondered what lives in your gut and what it's doing down there? This week we talk all things microbiome. Learn about bacterial colonization, stool banks, fecal transplants, poop pills, RNA sequencing, possible links between gut bacteria and diseases, and emerging research in the microbiome field.
Mel has a host of questions about flu season and the flu shot - she hates needles. Corey explains the flu virus, why it makes us sick, and how the flu vaccine offers us protection. You will also hear the story of a tuna intervention. No promises, but this episode could change how you view the flu forever.