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Welcome to For Whom the Cell Tolls! This cast explores the fascinating stories that Biology offers through the eyes of a cancer scientist with teaching experience. Major themes to be explored include cancer, life/death, disease ecology, microbiology, and evolution, among others. This cast will integrate philosophy, culture, and the arts alongside lab and lecture experiences to weave the story of life as we know it. Enjoy! Instagram: forwhomthecelltolls forwhomthecelltolls@gmail.com
 
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What do you think? Would the immensely powerful amount of data be a game-changer for medicine? Or does DNA sequencing miss too much of the picture to be worth the cost? This question is an example why we need leaders that understand Biology as genomics becomes hyper-accessible. I do my best to discuss the primary Pros and Cons of each side, along w…
 
Can your genome match you with a soulmate? Sort of, but we’d need more than just mammal genomes to know... I hope you enjoy, and collect your thoughts on the proposal at the end of the episode if you’re interested! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https:/…
 
The Netflix series The One is based on a book with a similar premise: via genome sequencing, we can match you with your best possible partner. The show is a great watch, and the science is not too far outside the possible. In fact, it’s far closer than the Sci-fi elements suggest, although this comes with some caveat changes. This is Part I of a se…
 
*Instagram page now live!* This episode covers how gene therapy may emerge as a critical tool for medicine as we seek to treat the previously untreatable. Can we ADD genes to specific cells to help humans overcome fated genetic ailments? Why has this process challenged us in the past? And lastly, who is going to pay for all these expensive viral de…
 
BONUS EPISODE - I collected the top 20 insights from my personal and professional colleagues that completed or are currently undertaking medical school or another healthcare program to share with my students. This episode is a recorded conversation with several of my students over video. I share what I can from my experiences, those of colleagues, …
 
Join me and Gustavus Adolphus College colleague Katie Peterson to discuss our research, how we teach, our paths to becoming professors, and student questions! In this episode we address interdisciplinary connections between evolution, environmental change, and cellular biology. We hope you enjoy! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easie…
 
This episode covers the basics of how a cancer begins. Genetic mutations can often knock out genes responsible for keeping an eye on how many cell divisions are allowed. Once these are out of the way, aggressive growth genes can overcome them and cause initial tumor populations to form. After further successive survival advantages are gained, tumor…
 
Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cells (CAR-T) represent one of the most profound and exciting advances in modern medicine and science. Many lymphoma patients fail therapy after therapy with little recourse. CAR-T aimed to stop that. Taking immune T-cells from the patient, engineering them to target cancer cells, and re-releasing them into the patient w…
 
We live in an age where social media provides a platform for everything - good and bad. I wanted to summarize how ideas can be spread, weaponized, and distorted, much like a disease. We also briefly go over the differences between ideas and beliefs. The episode takes a look at how stem cell clinics offer hope through social media without a solid fo…
 
Today’s episode details my research area: B-cells and the resulting lymphomas. The journey of a B-cell is violent and chaotic. To produce the best possible antibody protein against pathogen, the body employs an all-or-nothing tool: DNA modification. Nowhere else in the body is the DNA in cells actively manipulated and changed, except in B-cells. It…
 
This is an exciting and quick episode that mainly covers the findings of a recent Daniel D. Carvalho paper in Nature Reviews called “Epigenetic therapy in immune oncology” where the authors elaborate on new mechanisms of cancer treatments. Essentially, the epigenetic Cancer therapies that cause genes to reprogram the “on/off” state also awaken anci…
 
Welcome back to season 2! Domestication is a very interesting process and was first performed millions of years ago. The relationships between humans and dogs is of particular interest, as are the genetic and developmental changes that make them possible. We also delve into controversy and how the process of tameness selection brings along more tha…
 
Everything you’ve heard about CRISPR is likely closer to the truth than not. The possibilities are exiting, and the possibilities are terrifying. This episode dives into the logic and ethics behind CRISPR-Cas9’s DNA-changing capabilities and what it means for science, healthcare, and war. Now is a good time to start learning about this next step in…
 
Today’s episode is the first one that is primarily driven by literature and philosophy, namely borrowing themes explored in Frankenstein and Paradise Lost. Victor Frankenstein’s fraught relationship with his creature is a devastatingly emotional purview into what life is. The influence from Paradise Lost and our subsequent relationship with a creat…
 
Today’s episode covers the basics of evolution so that we can address a case of extreme survival in some of the smallest organisms to exist: yeast! Cancer evolution makes a token appearances as well, alongside new mechanisms of tumor evasion that can develop when we treat cancer with different therapies. Stories of how organisms put everything on t…
 
The days of chemo-only cancer treatment ended years ago. This episode introduces 20 diverse therapies that scientists and clinicians are turning to in the face of ever-evolving tumors. This is an especially exiting episode, as I believe there is so much hope on the horizon for treating these diseases, and it’s exciting to share that hope with other…
 
The power of immune system is on full display every day of our lives and has been throughout our history. As pathogens try to enter our bodies and hurt us, the immune system rises up to fight and counter new disease mechanisms that it encounters. This episode will touch on the debate over remaining smallpox samples, innate and adaptive immunity, an…
 
Internal human ecosystems? Transmissible personality traits? Tune in for the best episode yet where we get you up to speed on the human microbiome, a collection of thousands of partner bacterial species that live inside and on us. Our microbiome species have co-evolved to keep our gut, immune system, and even mind healthy. The emerging consequences…
 
This episode goes over why DNA and the information it encodes could be what defines life. Organisms are finite things, but the information coded by successful genes persists through generations, possibly indefinitely. We’ll also touch on instincts surrounding survival, family, and altruism. Enjoy!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easie…
 
Cancer is more than cells that proliferate and survive like mad. They also rely on parasitizing resources and evading immune system predators. Cancer evolution represents the greatest challenge for scientists and clinicians, as tumors can do almost anything to survive. Listen to this episode for a glimpse inside the tumor microenvironment and how w…
 
This episode addresses further definitions of life, the end of the dinosaurs, and the emergence of the mammal, along with the partnership that they made with fungi to do it. This story is inspired by a seminar by Dr. Arturo Casadevall from John’s Hopkins.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm…
 
Hello! My name is Keenan, and I’m a cancer scientist. I also love going over the amazing stories that Biology has to share, and hopefully these casts make it enjoyable to hear some of them on a time budget. Today’s episode is introductory, covering what I do, cancer, the definition of life, and how philosophy plays a huge role in science. Cancer an…
 
On today's episode, we discuss the conclusion of baseball season, Brent Rooker's triple-crown, and review the latest football and basketball news such as the Mario Kegler trasnfer and the draft stock of Nick Fitzgerald. We also unveil the first round matchups of our bracket: The Most Beautiful People in the World.…
 
It's summer time and the guys are ready to get weird. Topics include the new voice of the Bulldogs Neil Price, new coaching additions in baseball and men's golf as well as the drama that is the MLB draft and the toll it takes on our baseball signing class every season. A new segment called, "Wrap it in Maroon and White" makes its debut as we recall…
 
On this week's show the guys recap the 2017 Baseball season as the Bulldogs' post season play came to a close this past weekend. Also discussed is Mississippi State Track and Field wrapping up there season, and looking forward to a great sports season in 2017-18. Segments include "This is why we can't have nice things", along with "Dawghouse" and "…
 
The guys are back with special guest Dowell Green to talk about all things Mississippi State. Topics include our dramatic Regional win in Hattiesburg and looking ahead to our Super Regional matchup with LSU this weekend. Also the guys discuss the transfer sagas of Eli Wright and Mario Kegler, and our newest kicker commit for football. Segments incl…
 
The guys are back this week to talk about all things Bulldogs. Topics include the baseball team's week in Hoover, tennis recaps, and Mississippi State's upcoming regional in Hattiesburg. Segments include a new debut by friend of the show Cullen Hawkins called, "Hail Superlatives", "Can Cannizaro beat up that coach", and "This is why we can't have n…
 
The guys talk a little bit about Michael Jordan conspiracies. Houston gets into the NBA Finals preview and Noah expects a blowout. The guys also recap the SEC tournament and give their predictions for the upcoming regional. They also talk about the state of the basketball program after the recent transfers. The last segments features a friendly deb…
 
On today's episode we talk MSU baseball and the huge series upcoming vs. LSU, and Houston goes on a rant about LeBron and the Golden State Warriors. We also talk about #blogwars and the stupidity of the Left Field Lounge funeral during one of our favorite segments, "Ask us Stuff."על ידי For Whom the Podcast Tolls
 
This week the guys discuss a pretty rough week that was in Mississippi State Athletics. Topics include men's baseball and women's softball, if sky boxes exist at Utah's softball stadium, along with men and women's tennis' early exists from the NCAA Tennis Tournament. Segments include a preview of Ladd and Jeremy's special "Can Coach Cannizaro beat …
 
On this week's episode the guys recap softball and baseball's bounce back weekend picking up big time SEC series wins. Topics also include previews of the upcoming NCAA Tennis Tournament for our men's a women's tennis team. Segments include a confusing "Can Coach Cannizaro Beat Up That Coach?", "Mount Dawgmore" of all time Bulldog tennis players, a…
 
This week the guys talk about how much they hate Auburn after both the softball and baseball teams fell to the Tigers. Topics also include the men's tennis SEC Tournament and their title match with Georgia, Track and Field recaps and a little NFL Draft recap. Segments include "Can Cannizaro beat up that coach?", "Bear Bashin", and "Dawghouse/Top Da…
 
Houston and Noah recap the weekend series loss to Auburn featuring our pitching woes and the impact of Hunter Stovall's injury. We also give you the bio of the new MSU Men's basketball strength coach and talk about out new football commits, Jett Johnson and Marcus Murphy.על ידי For Whom the Podcast Tolls
 
IT'S JEREMY'S BIRTHDAY! Happiest of birthday's to our co-host here on Hail Dear ol' Pod. This week the guys recap yet another successful weekend for the Mississippi State stickball teams along with how our Women's Tennis team did in the SEC tournament and how they may do in the NCAA tournament. Other topics include a preview of our Men's Tennis tea…
 
The guys are back to discuss everything Mississippi State. Recaps include softball and baseball's big wins, tennis, and track and field. Segments include "Can Coach Cannizaro beat up that coach?" a fantastic "Bear Bashin", and "This is why we can't have nice things".על ידי For Whom the Podcast Tolls
 
We're so sorry for leaving you guys in the dark for so long. that was cruel and wrong. You deserve quality SEC baseball coverage twice a week and that's just what we've returned to do. In episode 5, Jack and I are back with 20% less BS, (hopefully) improved audio and all in a newly-shortened 36 minute package! We breifly preveiw the Spring Playoff …
 
The guys return this week to tell you everything you need to know about Mississippi State's amazing Super Bulldog Weekend. Topics and recaps include softball and baseball's winning performances, tennis dawgs and our incredible sophomore Nuno Borges, and the guys discuss whether or not JUCO transfer Johnathan Abrams' targeting call was good or bad. …
 
Ladd and Jeremy discuss the incredible weekend Mississippi State Athletics had. Topics include the women's basketball team shocking the world and taking this program further than ever before, the Diamond Dawgs' series sweep of OM in Oxford, and a big weekend in women's tennis. Segments include a tough "Can Coach Cannizaro beat up that coach?", "Mou…
 
This week, we're a day late due to the fact that we were too stricken with sadness to record Sunday night, so this is our formal apology. Sorry. We get into State sweeping the Powder Blues, the rest of the SEC heating up, and how scared we are about Kentucky this weekend. Celebrate opening day with our World Series picks and hear our second half pr…
 
Mississippi State is coming off arguably the biggest win in school history of any sport knocking off America's most dominant dynasty: UConn. A recap of the game, what it means for the program, and a preview of the championship game are just many of the things discussed in this historic program. Plus an off the cusp debate about the best turn around…
 
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