SoT 316 – Venoms Are Amazing

November 28, 2018

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Mick Vagg

[00:02:13] How serious is the opioid crisis in Australia? What’s being done about it, and what new painkillers are on the horizon? Pain Specialist Professor Mick Vagg gives us the run down.

[00:22:15] 20 million years ago, dolphins had really long snouts – the question is why? What evolutionary pressures led to their evolution, and what caused them to become extinct?

[00:28:11] Are chimpanzees selfish? Do they readily cooperate? A study on chimpanzees in the Republic of Congo found they often make decisions that benefit others faster than ones that help themselves.

Associate Professor Mick Vagg is Clinical Senior Lecturer at Deakin University School of Medicine, and Pain Specialist at Barwon Health.

This episode contains traces of John Oliver talking shady business practices which have contributed to the US Opioids Crisis.