Episode 4: Jurassic Park (Part 1) - The Biology of De-extinction

March 9, 2018

In this episode we talk about Jurassic Park and the science of de-extinction. We chat with evolutionary biologist and MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Beth Shapiro. She tells us all about the possibilities, complications and ethical dilemmas of bringing back ancient and extinct species. Can we get dino DNA? How would we use it to create a living, breathing animal? What are the dangers of this kind of technology? Check it out!

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Episode 3: The Flash of Two Worlds - Fate, Chance and Evolution in the Multiverse

February 1, 2018

Earth 1's Barry Allen meets Earth 2's Jay Garrick in a classic showdown of speedsters! How did evolution play out on their respective worlds to get such similar results? We talk with Dr. Jonathan Losos, evolutionary biologist and author of Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution to get some insights! Check it out!

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Episode 2: Spiderman (Part 2)- Engineering The Web Slinger’s Webs

January 3, 2018

In this episode we explore Peter Parker as an engineer and try to gain a deeper understanding of the scientific tools he would need to master to become Spiderman. I interview Dr. Jonathan Kluge, Director of Research and Development at Vaxess Tecnologies, who spends his time thinking about cutting edge applications for silk. How does Spiderman produce so much of his web formula? How do his webshooters work? What is silk being used for in the real world? Take a listen and find out!

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Episode 1: Spiderman (Part 1)- Bioprospecting and the Biology of Silk

December 1, 2017

In this episode we discuss the limits of form and function when it comes to Spiderman's webs. I sit down with Dr. Todd Blackledge, who studies the behavior and biomechanics of web building in spiders. What exactly is spider silk? How strong is it? Where in the natural world would Peter Parker go to get inspiration for his custom web formula? We've got you covered. Check it out!

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Episode 0: The Origins Story

November 15, 2017

Welcome to The Biology of Superheroes Podcast! In this intro we give you a brief taste of who were are and what we're about: comic books, science fiction and forefront of the scientific frontier. I hope you enjoy the preview! Stay Tuned for Episode 1 on December 1st....

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