Coming Soon!!!

This netcast explores the rapidly changing world of biotech, with a penchant towards getting a better understanding of who we are and where we are going. The living world will soon be a true substrate for engineering. Our world will change, and so will we. 
We bring a first hand account from the scientists that are moving us into this new technological era: the era of biotech. 

Produced by Microbe.TV

 Artwork above by :




This form does not yet contain any fields.
    « FiB Episode 011 - Ancient DNA: The Neanderthal Genome | Main | FiB Episode 009 - Ed Delong on Metagenomics »

    FiB Episode 010 - Carla Shatz on the Human Brain

    Dr. Carla Shatz explains the mechanisms used by the developing brain to assemble into a neuronal network...

    Guest: Dr. Carla Shatz, Department Chair and Nathan Marsh Pusey Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

    Imagine if there was a computer with a multi-core CPU that could self-assemble? And rather than a 64 bit bandwidth, it was 10,000 bit and had access to several terabytes of ram? And more incredibly, all of this could fit into a TWiT beenie? Perhaps, drawing a comparison between the human brain and a computer is a little unfair since silicone based processors cannot yet self-assemble ; )

    In this episode, Dr. Shatz generously shares her expertise with us. She describes how the human brain establishes connections between well over a hundred billion nerve cells with great precision; how this wiring happens during development. Shatz has made great contributions to our understanding of this process and her work will undoubtedly lead to major therapeutics in areas of neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases, spinal cord injury, and much more. Dr. Shatz is leading the field at one of the most important frontiers of science today.

    More from the Shatz Lab:

    And also thanks to the Band Gunther from Cyclone Records for the permission to use their song Wrecking Ball as a theme for this episode of FiB!


    References (2)

    References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
    • Response
      Education has turned into a considerable measure a larger number of advances than it was previously. Individuals attempt to do new things consistently. It has raised the level of education to the most elevated conceivable level.
    • Response
      Радио рекорд

    Reader Comments (9)

    Dr. Pelletier,
    For whatever reasons, both the TWIT link and your link to the netcast are incomplete. The TWIT link is about 1 minute long, while, your link on your blog is about 10 minutes.

    I hope you have a chance to fix these glitches this weekend.

    I have enjoyed all of the previous netcast, both subjects and guests have been compelling and very listenable to a person whose science education is over 25 years old, in fulfilling my science requirements for a AA in Liberal Arts, and a AS in Accounting. Keep up the great work!!!

    December 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterStan

    It would have been interesting to hear what Dr Shatz thought regarding" REL="nofollow">synesthesia.

    Would her work apply at all in studying this phenomenon?

    December 15, 2006 | Unregistered Commentersmp

    Thanks a lot for what You are doing!Information, that I managed to find here
    is extremely useful and essential for me!With the best regards!

    December 24, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    I like it a lot! Very nicely done. :-)..!
    - 7" REL="nofollow">spaghetti alla carbonara

    December 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    Pretty nice site, wants to see much more on it! :)
    - z" REL="nofollow">spaghetti alla carbonara

    December 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    Hey marc! I just want to know the release date of the next episode of FiB podcast!
    Big fan of the podcast.

    January 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    Hey Marc, just catching up on your last podcasts - Great job, really enjoyed the series, hope you'll get time for some more.

    Greetings from Cambridge, UK.

    January 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAsam Bashir


    I think FiB is one of the most thrilling podcasts in the podosphere, but honestly, you're spacing them out too far. I reckon, it's a lot of work to do them, but I would really like to see them every other week or so. There's so much that can be talked about in "Biotech", I can't believe you're running out of ideas here.

    Looking forward to #11


    January 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Jakobs

    Great job done, keep it up!with the best regards!

    January 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    PostPost a New Comment

    Enter your information below to add a new comment.

    My response is on my own website »
    Author Email (optional):
    Author URL (optional):
    Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>