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OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Breath-detecting disease

Updated Tuesday, 24th December 2013

Tis the week to talk about: Bacteriophages, breath-detecting disease, our bees electric and DNA barcoding.

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Claire Turner Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Claire Turner Dr Claire Turner from The Open University In BBC Inside Science, Alice Roberts, colleagues and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

On this week's episode:

  • Bacteriophages: Viruses that infect the bacteria that infect us. With the rise of antibiotic resistance they are a potential weapon against infection.
  • Show your instrument: Claire Turner from the OU shows us the instrument that can sense when a heart transplant patient is rejecting their new organ, purely through monitoring their breath. Read her article on sniffing out disease.
  • Bee electric: Bristol researchers have discovered that it is more than scent and colour that draws a bee to a flower – there is also an electric field.
  • DNA barcoding: Introduction to a global effort to classify the entire world’s species according to their DNA.

Listen to Inside Science

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 26 December at 16:30 to listen to this week's programme. More information and a link to listen again later will be available from the BBC's Inside Science pages.

 

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