BBC Inside Science

BBC Inside Science by BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4

A weekly programme that illuminates the mysteries, challenges and the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

Categories: Science & Medicine

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Could magic mushrooms be the key to a revolution in treating depression? Professor David Nutt, director of the Imperial Centre for Psychedelic Research, thinks so. He tells Vic Gill about recent research suggesting that psilocybin - the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms - triggers rewiring of the brain in people with treatment-resistant depression. Vic Gill speaks with trial participant Steve Shorney who was diagnosed with depression 30 years ago. Nanobodies. That's the name scientists have given to the tiny antibodies found in the blood of camelids like llamas, alpacas and camels. Reporter Samara Linton heads to Berkshire to meet the llamas whose nanobodies were recently found to neutralise the Covid-19 virus. We hear from Professor Gary Stephens, University of Reading, who is responsible for the llamas' safety and well-being, and Professor James Naismith, director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute which is carrying out the pioneering research with engineered nanobodies. And just as the James Webb Space Telescope is poised to peer deep into the universe, we look at a recent image captured by its great predecessor, Hubble, which has thrown down a telescopic gauntlet. Astronomer Dr Emma Chapman, author of the book “First Light” guides us through these incredible pictures of the furthest, faintest, most ancient of stars yet seen. Presented by Victoria Gill Reporter: Samara Linton Producer: Alex Mansfield

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  • 458 - A Trip-Switch for Depression? 
    Thu, 12 May 2022
  • 457 - Declining Data, Climate Deadlines and the Day the Dinosaurs Died 
    Thu, 05 May 2022
  • 456 - How can the UK get to zero carbon? 
    Thu, 28 Apr 2022
  • 455 - Racial inequality in UK science 
    Thu, 21 Apr 2022
  • 454 - Global food security during Ukraine conflict 
    Thu, 14 Apr 2022
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