November 4th, 2015
Episode 356 of 420 episodes
Dr Lauren and Dr Krystal join Dr Shane in the studio. In news, Eskins: allowing pressure and touch sensations in artificial limbs - revolutionising robotics. New type of smart glasses that translates images into sounds that are intuitive. On the Phone is Dr Justine Shaw: Research Fellow, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, The University of Queensland. Her research focus is the conservation of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems. She is interested in understanding the way in which species interact with each other and their role in ecosystem function, specifically the risks posed by non-native species to Antarctic protected areas and the role of climatic change in conservation planning for Antarctica. Studio guest is Dr Michelle Henstridge: From the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University.Proteins usually responsible for the destruction of virally infected or cancerous cells in our immune system have been found to control the release from cells of a critical growth factor governing head and tail development in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). This may help explain how these perforin-like proteins function in human brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Plus a blast from the past.