Higher Animals with Michael Specter

Revisionist History | 6 April 2023 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Specter about his audiobook Higher Animals: Vaccines, Synthetic Biology, and the Future of Life. Discusses the future of life on Earth, how mRNA vaccines have sparked a biotechnology revolution, how this scientific revolution is bigger than many that came before it, the promise of heritable vaccines for endangered species, and how a smallpox infection could genuinely have wiped out New York in 1947. Includes a portion of the first chapter.

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The Economics of Vaccines – Dr. Flavio Toxvaed

At The Margin | 11 May 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Flavio Toxvaed about the economics of vaccines. Applies the tools of economics to draw insights about encouraging vaccine uptake and social distancing; rationales for public intervention; prioritising immunisations; vaccine nationalism; and how to manage vaccine IP.

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Vaxxers: The Two Women Who Created the AstraZeneca Vaccine

Nine to Noon | 13 July 2021 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Dame Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green about their book Vaxxers: The Inside Story of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine and the Race Against the Virus. Discusses starting to design a vaccine just two weeks after reading about a mysterious type of pneumonia emerging in China, making it in a lab, the myriad hurdles encountered thereafter, and where to from here with covid-19 and vaccines.

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