T-cells

Episode 24 - The Devil Went Down to... awww, C'mon Matt

Path of Devil Facial Tumor Disease. Figure 1 from  doi:10.1038/ncomms12684

Path of Devil Facial Tumor Disease. Figure 1 from doi:10.1038/ncomms12684

Audiommunity loves Tasmanian devils, so we bite the shit out of them... In this episode, we're talking about a contagious tumor that couldn't happen to a nicer species. No seriously, it really couldn't. Tasmanian devils bite each other on the face to say hello. WTF devils?

And we answer audience e-mail that's been in the inbox for months! I know, I know... we're going to record more frequently going forward - honest!

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Paper: Rapid evolutionary response to a transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils

Gross pictures of devil tumor facial disease

Episode 21 - Allergies Suck Less than Cancer

Kiwi's are delicious, but sacrificing their consumption to treat your cancer is probably a worthy trade-off. Image from Flickr user eldholm. Click for source

Kiwi's are delicious, but sacrificing their consumption to treat your cancer is probably a worthy trade-off. Image from Flickr user eldholm. Click for source

This week, a guy gets a kiwi allergy from a bone marrow transplant from his sister, Matt envisions a magic mouse, and Kate peaces out after 20 min. Meanwhile, Kevin continues to be the only one drinking... that schtick may not last much longer.


Episode 20 - Bacteriophiles with Jesse Noar

Something a bit different this episiode. Last month, we joined Jesse Noar, host of the excellent Bacteriophiles podcast to record an episode about oncolytic viruses (viruses that blow up cancer cells). We hope you enjoy it, then head on over to microbe world and subscribe to Jesse's podcast. 

Links
Paper: Myxoma virus suppresses proliferation of activated T lymphocytes yet permits oncolytic virus transfer to cancer cells

Episode 16 - Jimmy Carter's Brain on Drugs

Taking the breaks off of the immune system can get it to attack cancer cells

Taking the breaks off of the immune system can get it to attack cancer cells

In this episode, Matt and Kevin discuss checkpoint blockade cancer immunotherapy (wow, that's a mouthful). When cancer stamps down the breaks of the immune system, cutting the break line can allow T-cells to do their job. 

Meanwhile, Kate's teeth are falling out of her head, and Matt can't even remember what scotch he's drinking. 

This episode was recorded Friday, Jan 8th... we're getting better folks. 

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Episode 14 - Matt got married, and we're talking about pregnancy

Non of this swelling is due to inflammation or microbes. Source: wikipedia

Non of this swelling is due to inflammation or microbes. Source: wikipedia

We're back! And I know what you're thinking - it's about damn time. We have excuses, but we won't bore you with them.

In this episode, we're talking about the placental microbiome - that is, the bacteria that hang around a developing fetus in the womb. Wait, there are bacteria hanging around a developing fetus? Apparently!

Matt also waxes poetic on the immunology of pregnancy, and Kate tells us why family planning might someday involve infecting yourself with worms. 

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