Level Up Human S2E10 - Self-scratching backs

Rachel and Simon are locked down in London. Joining them from Liverpool and Manchester are microbiologist Dr. Chloe James and immunologist Professor Sheena Cruickshank.

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Episode summary


We discuss if it’s possible for scientists to work from home, cytokine storms and a brand new 'magic' toilet.


Our panellists this week make pitches for command over our internal armies of bacteria phages and reprogramming our immune cells.


The audience want self-scratching backs and bodies we can repair ourselves.


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


Mentioned this episode


NHS Covid-19 advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Quantitative PCR machine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantitative_PCR_instrument

Magic toilet: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/06/magic-toilet-could-monitor-users-health-say-researchers

Bacteria found in gut might help boost physical performance: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/24/bacteria-found-in-gut-could-help-boost-physical-performance

Withnail and I: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withnail_and_I

How stress causes gray hair: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200122135313.htm

Barbara Woodhouse “I took to dog training when I had to give up cows”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic5fe7M_Sys

Cytokine storm: https://www.newscientist.com/term/cytokine-storm/

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