MWV Episode 72 - Jonathan Eisen - Evolvability, the Built Environment and Open Science

submitted by: MicrobeWorld
Jonathan Eisen is an evolutionary biologist, currently working at University of California, Davis and is the academic editor-in-chief of the open-access journal PLoS Biology. On this episode, Jonathan talks about "evolvability," the probability that organisms can invent new functions. To do this, he has been using genome data in conjunction with experimental information to try and understand the mechanisms by which new functions have originated. Another area of interest for Eisen is the...

Superbug, Be Gone

submitted by: danvas

A short documentary about a new strategy of combatting antibiotic resistance.

Talk by Diamond

submitted by: dougramsey

Professor Diamond talks about the importance of play in a child's development of executive functions such as inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility, as can be seen through a program called "Tools of the Mind," based on the theories of psychologists Lev Vygotski and Alexander Luria.