Losing our germs: My last podcast

mtsitunes220On my new podcast, I talk to Martin Blaser of New York University about Helicobacter pylori, best known as the microbe that causes ulcers. It’s also an ancient passenger in our stomachs, and has evolved a delicate balance with its human hosts. In fact, Blaser is worried by the disappearance of H. pylori from the modern world, thanks to antibiotics and hygiene. We may have to pay a price for its extinction, in the form of higher rates of asthma, esophageal cancer, and perhaps even obsesity. Check it out.

With this episode, the American Society for Microbiology is bringing the Meet the Scientist podcast series to a close. In the coming year, they’re going to be focusing their online efforts on some new projects you can look forward to on the Microbe World web site. (And they’ll be keeping all the episodes of Meet the Scientist on the site.) I’ve had a wonderful time over the past year hosting the podcast, and I’d like to thank all the scientists who shared their work with me and all the people at ASM who made this experience possible.

5 thoughts on “Losing our germs: My last podcast

  1. Thank you for an enlightening, entertaining year of tiny creatures. Now I can also say that I welcome our microbial overlords. Cheers.

  2. It’s a shame that MtS podcast will be going away. I’m still behind on catching up with the back-catalogue of episodes, but I thought the past 8-10 episodes were really good. Many of the early episodes were a bit too complex or difficult to understand (content-wise mainly, not production-wise). I’ll be sure to go back and download the episodes and dump them in my new iPod (which won’t be for a week or so), so don’t delete them off the server yet!

    [CZ: Chris, not to worry, the podcasts aren’t going anywhere. And thanks!]

  3. Totally represents “science”, doesnt it? We find one piece of science (H.Pylori = ulcer) , but that leads us to the next (predicts cancer) and on to the next….

    Amazing listen, and while I wanted the end to be a “so…this is what we need to do to make this all better”, I appreciate all the work and brain hours spent getting this far into understanding the microbial symbiosis with multicellular lie.

    I wanted you to ask the question – which is worse? If we cant opt for lots of H.pylori in youth and then none in older years, which is the worst of the two situations? Asthma kills, ulcers cause discomfort. No?

  4. …he didnt expand on the connection between obesity and no bacteria. Was this cut out? It seemed he was going there and then left it hanging…id like to see some more discussion about this.

  5. Really sad, good-quality podcasts are rather hard to find, and good science podcasts are even scarcer.

    Chris Lindsay said: “Many of the early episodes were a bit too complex or difficult to understand (content-wise mainly, not production-wise)”
    I can’t agree less with that opinion. There are hundreds of thousands of biologists, biochemists, physicians, nurses and pharmacists out there, and some of them are personally interested in the new advancements in research in disciplines other than theirs. They’d like to listen first hand to the leading scientists directly involved in that research to explain their work and their personal experiences, taking their time to describe the more revealing details when required or just for the sake of gazing how things work. As Steven Jay Gould used to say, “beauty is in the details”.

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