Tag: research

  • 5 Questions: An interview with Chris Francis, PhD, Wave Life Sciences | Miles O'Brien Productions

    5 Questions: An interview with Chris Francis, PhD, Wave Life Sciences

    Wave Life Sciences is a Boston based biotechnology company focused on delivering transformational therapies for patients with serious, genetically defined diseases. Their proprietary chemistry platform, viewed through the eyes of their world-leading scientists, enable them to see one possible future of medicine. They are the first to design and bring stereopure and allele-specific medicines to…

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  • How fast are Antarctic glaciers contributing to sea level rise? The largest research initiative in 70 years aims to find out.

    Miami. Boston. New York. Norfolk, Virginia. These are just a few of the many American coastal cities where flooding has become a topic as hot as the underlying cause of the crisis: global warming. WATCH: Miles investigates the effects of sea level rise on cities like Boston. These cities are trying to plan for the…

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  • Exploring junk news, Pruitt slammed on the Hill, CRISPR for coral: this week in science. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Exploring junk news, Pruitt slammed on the Hill, CRISPR for coral: this week in science.

    Here’s a look back at this week in science, with stories you don’t want to miss: Members of Congress yesterday offered up some must-see TV that appeals to a few big interests of mine: the conduct and policies of the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt and the insidious, often corrosive role…

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  • How to catch a Pacific swallow--dispatches from the front lines of biological research. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    How to catch a Pacific swallow–dispatches from the front lines of biological research.

    On the fourth day of my field season, I found myself on a tiny boat with three students from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, setting off down a remote jungle river in search of birds. The putt-putt of the outboard motor mingled with the sounds of bird songs, monkey calls, and the rustling of palm leaves…

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  • What do scientists take into the field? A visual breakdown. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    What do scientists take into the field? A visual breakdown.

    Right now, I am conducting fieldwork in Malaysia on the Pacific swallow. For the next two months, I will travel to several countries in southeast Asia and the Pacific and keep you updated on my progress. Here’s what’s I’m bringing with me to ensure a successful field season: Mist Nets: Mist nets are the number…

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  • Fieldwork is an important part of biological research. Here’s how I prepare. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Fieldwork is an important part of biological research. Here’s how I prepare.

    One of the most exciting parts of being a field biologist is starting a new season. In fact, we talk about “field seasons” with a special sort of reverence. After all, it’s when we leave our fluorescently-lit labs and go out into the real world–forests, deserts, oceans, wherever–and study organisms in their natural environments. Why…

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