Feb 21, 2016
Einstein A Go Go – 21st February 2015
Dr Lauren, Dr Ray, Dr Shane
News Items: nature inspired robotics, early warning earthquake systems, exercise stimulating immune system against cancer.
First guest: Peter Aylward, President, Space Association Australia. More info here
Second Guest: Peter Crouch, PhD NHMRC R.D. Wright Fellow, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Melbourne
“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common form of motor neuron disease (MND). It is an adult-onset disease in which nerve cells that relay signals between the brain and muscles progressively deteriorate. Initial symptoms are as innocuous as weakness in a hand or slurred speech, but inevitably the symptoms rapidly and relentlessly escalate: people with ALS become paralysed, lose the ability to breathe, speak and swallow, and due to the absence of an effective treatment most will die within 3 years of diagnosis.” More info here
Third Guest: Alicia Oschlack, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
“My work in Bioinformatics focuses on the analysis of DNA sequencing data. New technologies that have become available since 2007 have allowed us to sequence DNA at a rate unimaginable at the turn of the century.” More info here
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