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In-depth stories about the science of life. Each week, we tell a story about ideas, trends and people, and how science and medicine affect our lives, our health and our society. More at mosaicscience.com Published by the Wellcome Trust.

In-depth stories about the science of life. Each week, we tell a story about ideas, trends and people, and how science and medicine affect our lives, our health and our society. More at mosaicscience.com Published by the Wellcome Trust.
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In-depth stories about the science of life. Each week, we tell a story about ideas, trends and people, and how science and medicine affect our lives, our health and our society. More at mosaicscience.com Published by the Wellcome Trust.

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English


Episodes

How close are we to a cure for Huntington’s?

8/12/2018
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Twenty-five years after the discovery of the gene behind Huntington’s disease, Peter Forbes reports on the potential first treatment for this devastating condition. Written by Peter Forbes, read by Brian Yim Lim, produced by Graihagh Jackson. For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com. Subscribe to our podcast: iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mosaic-science-podcast/id964928211?mt=2 RSS mosaicscience.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:23:00

People are animals, too

8/5/2018
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"We gaze into the eyes of a chimp and see a reflection of ourselves. We glance at a crow and see an alien being that under some jurisdictions can be exterminated with impunity - bringing a sinister second meaning to the phrase "a murder of crows". Such biases affect ordinary people and academic experts alike, skewing our understanding of what non-human intelligence looks like." Do our thoughts and feelings distort the way we understand animal minds? Peter Aldhous argues that to grasp what...

Duration:00:27:33

Spain leads the world in organ donation. What’s stopping other countries catching up?

7/29/2018
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More and more people are donating organs, but demand still far exceeds supply. What can the world learn from the country that does it best? https://wellc.me/2mIsHDt Written by Chris Baraniuk, narrated and produced by Graihagh Jackson. For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to our podcast: iTunes itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mosai…id964928211?mt=2 RSS mosaicscience.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:34:43

Why we still haven’t stopped cholera

7/22/2018
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"Cholera has killed nearly 9,000 Haitians. More than 730,000 people have been infected. It is the worst outbreak of the disease, globally, in modern history. Hundreds of emergency and development workers have been working alongside the Haitian government for five years, trying to rid the country of cholera, and millions of dollars have been dispense in the fight to eradicate it. But it's still here. Why?" Why have attempts to get cholera under control in Haiti failed? Rose George...

Duration:00:33:01

Why good people turn bad online

7/15/2018
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Meet the scientists finding out how we can defeat our inner trolls and build more cooperative digital societies. Written by Gaia Vince, narrated by Kirsten Irving, produced by Graihagh Jackson. For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to our podcast: iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mosaic-science-podcast/id964928211?mt=2 RSS mosaicscience.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:27:41

Can India’s urban future be a healthy one?

7/8/2018
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"As more Indians adopt more urban lives, chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity and heart disease are on the rise, replacing malnutrition and infectious diseases as the country’s most urgent health worries. Reddy doesn’t want to risk his family’s health. He has decided that being healthy and poor is better than taking their chances in the modern, more developed, more open India." Ill-health is the price rural Indians have to pay for seeking a better life in the city. Twenty-nine...

Duration:00:31:03

Smart and smarter drugs

7/1/2018
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Cognitive enhancement drugs are usually depicted as a distinctly contemporary phenomenon, however none of these drugs are new. Are we asking the right questions about smart drugs? Marek Kohn looks at what they can do for us – and what they can’t. Written by Marek Kohn, narrated by Brian Yim Lim, produced by Graihagh Jackson. To read the full story visit: mosaicscience.com/story/saved-how-…verse-overdoses/ Subscribe to our podcast: iTunes:...

Duration:00:24:01

Saved: How addicts gained the power to reverse overdoses

6/24/2018
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Naloxone can reverse an otherwise fatal heroin overdose within minutes. Carrie Arnold meets the doctors who put this remarkable drug in the hands of the police, families and addicts—and saved thousands of lives. Written by Carrie Arnold, narrated by Kirsten Irving, produced by Graihagh Jackson. To read the full story visit: mosaicscience.com/story/saved-how-…verse-overdoses/ Subscribe to our podcast: iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mosai…id964928211?mt=2 RSS:...

Duration:00:24:37

Climate change is turning dehydration into a deadly epidemic

6/17/2018
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A mysterious kidney disease is striking down labourers across the world and climate change is making it worse. Jane Palmer meets the doctors who are trying to understand it and stop it. Written by Jane Palmer, narrated by Michael Regnier, produced by Graihagh Jackson. For more stories and to read the original text, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to our podcast: iTunes RSS SoundCloud If you liked this story, we recommend reading 'How to survive climate change: a lesson from...

Duration:00:25:49

Brazil's cancer curse

6/10/2018
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"Gomez is one of Achatz's regular patients at the A C Camargo Cancer Center in São Paulo, Brazil. He is extraordinarily susceptible to cancer. So too are many members of his extended family; cancer is so common among them - and premature death so painfully familiar - that until they learned very recently of the cause, some believed their family was cursed. Gomez's is not the only family affected. The 'cure' afflicts hundreds of thousands of people in Brazil." The startling discovery that...

Duration:00:25:20

Why the calorie is broken

6/3/2018
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Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley of Gastropod investigate. Written by Cynthia Graber, read by Charlotte Hussey, produced by Graihagh Jackson For more stories and to read the original text, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to our...

Duration:00:29:41

How a bee sting saved my life: poison as medicine

5/27/2018
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"She packed up everything and moved to California to die. And she almost did. Less than a week after moving, Ellie was attacked by a swarm of Africanised bees." Ellie Lobel was ready to die. Then she was attacked by bees. Christie Wilcox hears how venom can be a saviour. Written by Christie Wilcox, read by Pip Mayo, produced by Barry J Gibb For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to our...

Duration:00:26:34

How to get to a world without suicide

5/20/2018
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After his son’s suicide aged 18, Steve Mallen sees the world differently. Along with a growing number of mental health experts, he wants to reduce the rate of suicide across the world, and is aiming for zero. Written by Simon Usborne Read by Kirsten Irving Produced by Graihagh Jackson For more stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to our podcast: iTunes itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mosai…id964928211?mt=2 RSS mosaicscience.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:34:25

Unspoken: the forgotten prisoners of war

5/13/2018
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They were the forgotten army. Taken captive during World War II, they lived lives of desperation and disease, internment and ingenuity. Long unspoken, their tale is now told through the voices of those who survived. Audio producer: Chris Chapman Sound designer: Eloise Whitmore Assistant producer: Ellie Pinney Fact checker: Laura Dawes Editor: Mun-Keat Looi Hear and read accompanying extras and a full transcript for this story on Mosaic: https://wellc.me/2wzmRfA Subscribe to our...

Duration:00:53:42

My many selves: how I learned to live with multiple personalities

5/6/2018
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Emma Young meets a woman with dissociative identity disorder and discovers what happens when you lose your sense of being an individual. Written by Emma Young Read by Kirsten Irving Produced by Graihagh Jackson To read the full story visit: https://wellc.me/2KqInpG Subscribe to the Mosaic podcast, free to download and stream. Apple Podcasts https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mosaic/id964928211?mt=2 RSS mosaicscience.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:21:18

The worst sound in the world

4/29/2018
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John Osborne has always hated the sound of whistling. But it wasn’t until a man whistling in a café infuriated him so much that he got up and left that he realised it was becoming a problem. Could he even be suffering from misophonia – a condition characterised by a strong dislike of certain sounds? To get to the root of the issue, John embarks on a whimsical journey of self-discovery, diving headfirst into the worlds of professional whistling and psychology in an attempt to understand if...

Duration:00:22:26

The women that kill, abuse and torture

4/22/2018
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Marian Partington is working to forgive Rosemary West – one of her sister’s killers – because she thinks the only way to break the cycle of female violence is to understand it. Written by Katharine Quarmby Read by Kirsten Irving To read the full story visit: https://mosaicscience.com/story/women-kill-abuse-torture-female-violence/ Subscribe to the Mosaic podcast, free to download and stream. Apple...

Duration:00:29:28

The troubled history of the foreskin

4/15/2018
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"Men have been circumcised for thousands of years, yet our thinking about the foreskin seems as muddled as ever. And a close examination of this muddle raises disturbing questions. Is American exceptionalism justified? Should we really be funding mass circumcision in Africa? Or by removing the foreskins of men, boys and newborns, are we actually committing a violation of human rights?" Common in the US, rare in Europe and now championed in Africa, male circumcision is hotly debated....

Duration:00:48:12

The uncertain future of genetic testing

4/8/2018
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Bringing genetics into medicine leads to more accuracy, better diagnosis and personalised treatment – but not for everyone. Carrie Arnold meets families for whom gene testing has led only to unanswered questions. Written by Carrie Arnold Read by Rebecca Macintosh Produced by Graihagh Jackson For more great stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to the Mosaic podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your listens. Free to download and...

Duration:00:21:25

This is what happens after you die

4/1/2018
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Most of us would rather not think about what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways. Written by Moheb Costandi Read and produced by Barry J Gibb This story was first published in May 2015. For more great stories and to read the text original, visit mosaicscience.com Subscribe to the Mosaic podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your listens. Free to download and stream. Apple...

Duration:00:26:48