SoT 229: Lower Ranked Rats

June 13, 2016

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Jo Benhamu.

[00:01:03] Researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University have described the development of a potential universal cancer vaccine. But it’s still very early days.

[00:10:57] Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have found a giant sponge – the largest on record and one of the oldest living creatures in the world.

[00:14:43] A large rat study shows that exposing rats to large doses of mobile phone radiation over two years can cause a higher rate of some cancers. But it’s a long way away from showing any clear link in humans.

[00:35:37] Australia’s Olympic athletes will be protected from sexual transmission of the Zika virus by specially developed anti-Zika condoms. Also, all condoms protect against the sexual spread of Zika virus. Because that’s what condoms do.


This episode contains traces of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Maher.

Jo Benhamu is a clinical trials coordinator in radiation oncology.