26 February, 2020 – Episode 762 – To MicroBE or Not To Be?

02.27.2020 - By This Week in Science – The Kickass Science Podcast

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Interview w/ Microbe Genome Scientist Jonathan Eisen, Mini-Moon, Moondust, Old Algae, Old People, Who Needs Oxygen?, Gull Bait, Mantis Punches, Polar Cannibals, Academic Losses, Robo-Poets, Robo-Fingers, And Much More…
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Our guest this week was Dr. Jonathan Eisen.
Dr. Eisen is a professor at UC Davis in the College of Biological Sciences, Director of the UC Davis Microbiome Special Research Program, and affiliated with the Dept. of Evolution and Ecology, Dept. of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, the Genome Center, and the Center for Population Biology. His current research focuses on the evolution, ecology and function of communities of microbes and how the microbes interact with each other and with hosts.
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New Meaning For New Moon
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On The Far Side
The Chinese Chang’e 4 mission Yutu-2 rover has discovered that the moon’s far side is covered in regolith just like the near side.
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