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Episode 3: August 2013

In this episode we hear about the cocktail party effect, the role of psuedogene RNA in the immune response, the genetic origins of a common form of blindness, the flu vaccine, and the origins of schistosomiasis.
Episode 3: August 2013

Chapters

  1. 0:44
    The cocktail party effect
    Neuroscientists are getting closer to understanding how people can distinguish where different sounds come from in noisy environments.
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  2. 7:01
    Turning on pseudogenes
    Researchers have discovered a role for pseudogenes –€“ which are thought to be dead genes€ – in regulating the immune response.
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  3. 14:01
    Looking into blindness
    Experiments with stem cells are shedding new light on the genetic origins of one of the most common forms of inherited blindness.
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  4. 21:25
    How genes influence our response to the flu vaccine
    Changes in gene expression could be used to predict whether individuals will respond successfully to the influenza vaccine.
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  5. 27:27
    Stem cells and tropical diseases
    Genetic techniques are providing new insights into the origins of schistosomiasis, a tropical disease that is caused by parasitic flatworms.
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