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The Mosaic Science Podcast - audio documentaries and audio versions of our weekly longread. Mosaic is a digital magazine that publishes compelling stories exploring the science of life. Produced by the Wellcome Trust. More at mosaicscience.com.
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Dec 9, 2019

More and more people are donating organs, but demand still far exceeds supply. What can the world learn from the country that does it best?

Written by Chris Baraniuk

Read and produced by Graihagh Jackson

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If you liked this story, we recommend Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women's bodies became a battlezone, by Sophie Cousins, also available as a podcast. 

 

Dec 2, 2019

One in three French people think vaccines are unsafe, but across the country vaccine coverage is rising. Alex Whiting looks at how France is fighting back against vaccine scepticism.

Written by Alex Whiting

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Graihagh Jackson

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If you liked this story, we recommend Violent crime is like infectious disease – and we know how to stop it spreading, by Samira Shackle, also available as a podcast.

Nov 25, 2019

E-cigarettes were invented by business, not medicine. But as more smokers make the switch, some health experts believe we’ve finally hit on something that could stub out smoking for good.

Written by Simon Usborne

Read by Brian Yim Lim

Produced by Graihagh Jackson

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If you liked this story, we recommend Violent crime is like infectious disease – and we know how to stop it spreading, by Samira Shackle, also available as a podcast.

Nov 18, 2019

A million Rohingya refugees in crowded shelters with poor sanitation – ideal conditions for infections to spread. Here’s how to stop these deadly outbreaks.

Written and read by Gaia Vince.

Produced by Graihagh Jackson

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If you liked this story, we recommend Why we still haven't stopped cholera, by Rose George, also available as a podcast.

Nov 11, 2019

Smiling is one of the fundamental ways people communicate, so what happens if your face can’t do it?

Written by Neil Steinberg
Read by Charlotte Hussey
Produced by Graihagh Jackson

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If you liked this story, we recommend The engineer who fixed his own heart, by Geoff Watts, also available as a podcast.

Nov 4, 2019

You may not think of the buzz and whine of insects as musical, but the distinctive pitch of mosquito wingbeats could tell us how to fight malaria. Daniel A Gross meets the researchers who are pricking up their ears.

Written by Daniel A Gross

Read by Barry J Gibb

Produced by Graihagh Jackson

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If you liked this story we recommend How malaria defeats our drugs, by Ed Yong, also available as a podcast.

Oct 28, 2019

We now know there’s a cheap, safe treatment that could save thousands of lives each year. But those who need it can’t always access it.

Written by Samira Shackle

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Graihagh Jackson

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If you liked this story, we recommend Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women's bodies became a battle zone, by Sophie Cousins, also available as a podcast. 

Oct 21, 2019

Researcher Áine Kelly is using her experience of growing up in care to help others in the system. What role does first-hand experience have in expertise, and how important is it in making health and social care better? Michael Regnier explores a new kind of expert.

Written and read by Michael Regnier

Produced by Graihagh Jackson

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If you liked this story, we recommend How going hungry affects children for their whole lives, by Chris Baraniuk, also available as a podcast. 

Oct 14, 2019

Traditionally, expectant mothers have been excluded from clinical trials, but could this practice be doing more harm than good? Emily Anthes investigates.

Written by Emily Anthes

Read by Charlotte Hussey

Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Give and take: the ethics of donating breast milk, by Carrie Arnold, also available as a podcast.

 

Oct 7, 2019

Food poverty is on the rise in rich countries. And evidence suggests the impact can last for years afterwards.

Written by Chris Baraniuk

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Graihagh Jackson

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If you liked this story, we recommend Life and death under austerity, by Mary O'Hara, also available as a podcast. 

Sep 30, 2019

What’s it like to hear voices? Are they hallucinations or a normal human experience? Chris Chapman explores what they are, why they happen and how they are being understood.

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If you liked this story, we recommend Postpartum psychosis: "I'm afraid of how you'll judge me, as a mother and as a person", by Catherine Carver, also available as a podcast. 

Sep 23, 2019

General anaesthetic is supposed to make surgery painless. But now there’s evidence that one person in 20 may be awake when doctors think they’re under.

Written by David Robson

Read by Brian Yim Lim

Produced by Graihagh Jackson

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If you liked this story, we recommend The mind readers by Roger Highfield, also available as a podcast. 

Sep 16, 2019

Twenty-five years after the discovery of the gene behind Huntington’s disease, Peter Forbes reports on the potential first treatment for this devastating condition.

Written by Peter Forbes

Read by Brian Yim Lim

Produced by Graihagh Jackson

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If you liked this story, we also recommend The DNA detectives hunting the causes of cancer, by Kat Arney, also available as a podcast. 

 

Sep 9, 2019

Who would risk their own safety tending to the injured and recovering the dead in one of the most violent cities on earth? Samira Shackle rides along with a driver from the world’s largest voluntary ambulance service.

Written by Samira Shackle

Read by Michael Regnier

Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we also recommend Fear and loathing in Thet Kal Pyin: Myanmar's healthcare crisis by Mike Ives.

 

Sep 2, 2019

Nobuaki Nagashima has Werner syndrome, which causes his body to age at super speed. This condition is teaching us more about what controls our genes, and could eventually help us find a way to slow ageing – or stop it altogether.

Written by Erika Hayasaki. Read by Rebecca McIntosh. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you liked this story, we recommend Can meditation really slow ageing? by Jo Marchant, also available as a podcast. 

Aug 26, 2019

When a gentle glow feels like a spotlight and everyday sounds hurt your ears, life can get anxious and painful. But, discovers Emma Young, there may be an upside to being highly sensitive.

Written by Emma Young
Read by Kirsten Irving
Produced by Geoff Marsh

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If you liked this story, we recommend How the zebra got its stripes, with Alan Turing by Kat Arney, available as a podcast here: mosaicscience.com/story/how-zebra-…ipes-alan-turing

Aug 19, 2019

Emerging sign languages could reveal how all language evolved – but keeping these fragile languages isolated for research may mean the people who rely on them lose out.

Written by Michael Erard. Read by Michael Regnier. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you enjoyed this story, we recommend Why being bilingual helps keep your brain fit by Gaia Vince. 

Aug 12, 2019

While it’s healthy to have a variety of bacteria in our guts, there’s one place where a single dominant type is best: the vagina. Meet the researchers trying to make the world healthier, one vagina at a time.

Written by Kendall Powell. Read by Kirsten Irving. Produced by Barry J Gibb.

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If you enjoyed this story, we recommend Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women’s bodies became a battlezone by Sophie Cousins, also available as an audio podcast. 

Aug 5, 2019

The East African country’s campaign to end cervical cancer through the HPV vaccine has had to overcome cultural taboos and rumours about infertility – but it’s saving lives.

Written by Sophie Cousins. Read and produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you enjoyed this story, we recommend Can America cope with a resurgence of tropical disease? by Carrie Arnold, also available as a podcast.

Jul 29, 2019

In the 1970s, radical scientists thought they could change the world – if they could change science first. As told to Alice Bell.

Written by Alice Bell. Read by Nick Dent. Produced by Barry J Gibb.

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If you enjoyed this we recommend Reinventing the toilet by Lina Zeldovich, also available as a podcast. 

Jul 22, 2019

For those with breast cancer, a mastectomy may seem the best option. Joanna Moorhead thought so – until the last minute. Now she’s glad she chose less extensive surgery.

Written and read by Joanna Moorhead. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you enjoyed this, we recommend Making sense of a miscarriage by Holly Cave, also available as a podcast. 

Jul 15, 2019

"I am so accustomed to thinking of wheelchair use in binary terms: you either use one or you don’t. Now I’m struggling to unlearn that notion."

In Canada, wheelchair basketball brings people together regardless of their abilities. Lesley Evans Ogden asks whether this kind of integration could help dispel stigma, discrimination and misconceptions about disability more widely.

Written by Lesley Evans Ogden, read by Kirsten Irving, audio editing by Jen Whyntie.

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If you liked this story, we recommend City cycling: health versus hazard by Lesley Evans Ogden, also available as a podcast.

Jul 8, 2019

The rest of the world can learn from Puerto Rican communities rallying together to recover from a natural disaster fuelled by climate change.


Written by Jane Palmer. Read by Michael Regnier. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you liked this story, try Climate change is turning dehydration into a deadly epidemic by Jane Palmer, also available as an audio podcast.

Jul 1, 2019

The basic chemistry of hair dyes has changed little over the last century, but what do we know about the risks of colouring our hair, and why do we do it?

Written by Rebecca Guenard
Read by Rebecca McIntosh
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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To read the full story visit mosaicscience.com. If you enjoyed this story, try When cuteness comes of age by Neil Steinberg.

Jun 24, 2019

Whether hair pulling, skin picking or cheek biting, body-focused repetitive behaviours blight many people’s lives. How can science help us understand and treat these distressing conditions better?

Written by Sara Talpos. Read by Kirsten Irving. Produced by Graihagh Jackson.

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If you liked this story, we recommend My sudden synaesthesia: how I went blind and started hearing colours, also available as an audio podcast.

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