This week, investigating the koala genome, the invisibility of LGBTQ+ researchers, and a DNA-based neural network.

In this episode:

00:45 The koala’s curious genome

Genetic sequencing reveals how koalas are adapted to their ecological niche. Research paper: Johnson et al.

07:51 The issues facing LGBTQ+ researchers

Why is science not more inclusive for LGBTQ+ people? Comment: LGBTQ scientists are still left out

14:10 Research Highlights

Identifying when a humpback whale is pregnant, and a haven for young manta rays. Research Highlight: How to tell when there’s a baby whale on the way; Research Highlight: First known haven for baby rays found off Texas coast

16:02 Identifying numbers with DNA

Researchers have developed a DNA-based neural network that can recognise digits. Research paper: Cherry & Qian

22:24 News Chat

The limits of human longevity; and the first results from a birth cohort study. News: There’s no limit to longevity, says study that revives human lifespan debate; News: Gigantic study of Chinese babies yields slew of health data


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