Level Up Human S2E9 - Snake skin

In the last of our Barbican centre recordings from November 2019, Simon and Rachel are souping up the homo sapien once again. Our guest experts are professor of experimental psychopathology from the university of Birkbeck, Naz Derakshan, and Hephzi Tagoe, a skin specialist from Queen Mary, University of London.

 

Episode summary

 

We discuss resilience as well as the impacts of skin conditions on psychological health and wellbeing. Rach has news of an ant with a six legged gallop.

 

In our pitches for human body redesign, Naz wants a boost to resilience and Hephzi pitches snake skin.

 

The audience want gecko hands, improved brain plasticity and there’s a pitch from Simon stolen from C. Elegans.

 

Which will make it onto the shortlist? Which pitch will win? Listen to find out!

 

Mentioned this episode

Building Resilience in Breast Cancer (BRIC) centre: http://briccentre.bbk.ac.uk

The fastest ant in the world: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/oct/16/fastest-ants-in-world-northern-sahara

Ichthyosis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichthyosis

C. Elegans: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caenorhabditis_elegans

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