Europa, Genes, and Wheels | FULL EPISODE | #268
This week we’re exploring the latest advancements in scientific discovery, including the search for life on Europa, manipulating the human genome, and even the reinvention of the wheel.
Segment 1: Genome Editing
What is CRISPR and how can it be beneficial to the field of genome editing? Intellia Therapeutics CEO & Founder, Dr. Nessan Bermingham, tells us how CRISPR allows for the editing and reintroduction of damaged cells and genes in sick patients.
Segment 2: Medical Applications
There is a bit of controversy surrounding genome editing in the world today. Dr. Bermingham assures us that what ever other applications genome editing might have, the number one concern is curing hereditary and mutation diseases.
Segment 3: Use The Force
Have you ever wished you could use the Force to open doors or control things in your house? Technology could be making this Sci-Fi dream a reality. Docker Security Lead, and Engineer, Diogo Monica, tells us about the emerging world of devices and appliances you can control with your mind.
Segment 4: Shark Wheel
The new big thing for skateboarding is in, and it’s… a square wheel? Shark Wheel Technical Officer, David Patrick, explains how they ended up reinventing the wheel, literally, and how the square design lends to a smoother ride.
Segment 5: Life on Europa
Is there life on Europa, and how could it help us here on Earth? Astronomer and Author, Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, analyzes the possibilities of life on Jupiter’s icy moon and how finding any non-DNA based life forms could possibly propel our medical technology into the future.
Segment 6: Death on Mars
Many people have signed up for the one way trip to Mars to attempt to colonize it. Dr. Jeffrey Bennett explains the challenges behind having a stable colony on Mars, and why we probably aren’t ready for it yet.
CreditsHost: Alan Taylor
Producer: Jared Alexander
Dr. Nessan Bermingham #Genome
Diogo Mónica (@diogomonica)
David Patrick #SharkWheel
Dr. Jeffrey Bennett (@JeffreyOBennett