SoT 193: Bat Poo Is Like Gold

July 30, 2015

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Mick Vagg, Dr. Mel Thomson.

Researchers at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline have figured out all the steps needed to genetically engineer yeast to essentially produce opiates like morphine.

A pitcher plant in the jungles of Borneo – a flesh-eating plant that’s terrible at eating flesh – has through evolution developed a system of luring bats, and then feasting on their poop.

A growing body of research suggests that males and females process pain differently. It also opens promising new fields of further study.

Dr. Mick Vagg is Clinical Senior Lecturer at Deakin University School of Medicine, and Pain Specialist at Barwon Health. He’s a Fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine and he often writes for The Conversation.

Mel Thomson is an Infectious Disease Researcher at Deakin University.