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We bring a first hand account from the scientists that are moving us into this new technological era: the era of biotech. 

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    FiB Episode 019 - The Supra Human Organism

    Dr. Jeffrey Gordon is leading the field of Human Metagenomics with his work on the Human Microbiome

    Host: Marc Pelletier

    Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Gordon

    In episode 9, which was our first episode on the field of Metagenomics, I teased Dr. Ed Delong (MIT) a little. Ed samples bacteria from the depths of the Pacific ocean about 100 miles off the north cost of Hawaii and sequences their entire genomes, revealing enormous amounts of information about the microbial communities living there. I suggested to him that it might be easier to study microbial community genomics by sampling from puddles outside the lab in Cambridge Massachusetts...

    Well, our guest today looks even a little closer than that puddle. Dr. Jeffery Gordon is a Professor of Gastroenterology, the Director of the Center for Genome Sciences, and the Head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology at Washington University in St-Louis. He is also leading one of the most interesting and important metagenomics projects today, the Human Microbiome.

    Some interesting links:

    Washington University News
    Microbes and Obesity
    Microbial Menagerie


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      I think soon there will be more demand for the biotech. Already many students are taking admission in this course. And one can easily select them now even in their graduation program too. The mixture of science and technology will be exploring one.

    Reader Comments (9)

    I am not a scientist but I still found this programme fascinating! I shall be looking back at older programmes.


    July 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    check out episode 10- one of my favorites - and next week we will have Eric Kandel - Nobel Prize winner for his work on the molecular mechanism for memory...

    July 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMarc Pelletier

    BTW - Thank YOU!

    July 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMarc Pelletier

    This is one of the best podcasts on the TWIT network. It's the only podcast I listen to where I do nothing else for the duration. Fascinating, thank you!

    July 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJay

    Marc, content is great but you need to adjust your audio levels and/or switch mic's. I have to turn the volume way up to hear anything that is said. I produce podcasts and a cleaner, louder sound would really add to the quality of your podcast.

    July 24, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterc

    Can you suggest a good workflow for mac, and possibly a compression tool - please, please?

    July 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMarc Pelletier

    My experience is the opposite of that of 'c'.

    After many episodes of FiB that were too quiet, this one was "just right" in my opinion.

    By "just right" I mean that the voices were about as loud as the voice feedback performed by the Nike+iPod software on the iPod nano.

    I would say that this episode was consistent with the other TWiTcasts in this regard.


    August 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher Schmidt

    I loved this week's FiB--another episode that opened up large new tracts of my own ignorance!

    Are any viruses a significant part of a normal human microbiome?

    Is there any interspecies gene transfer going on? (If bacterial cells in our bodies outnumber human cells 10-1, that's a lot of potential!) The earlier FiB episode about interspecies gene transfer between viruses and bacteria in sea water was an eye opener.

    I'd recommend the following segment of Nova Science Now, about epigenetics, to my fellow FiB listeners:" REL="nofollow">

    Maybe there will be a future FiB on the subject?

    August 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher Schmidt

    Dr. Gordon is a very good speaker and the subject was fascinating so I'm hoping you have him back on. The subject was completely new to me and I think it's a very important topic.

    Thanks for the shows.

    December 18, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdan

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