Living Lab Radio: June 23, 2019

Jun 23, 2019

Ocean microbes are responsible for half of the carbon removed from the atmosphere.
Credit Gordon T. Taylor, Stony Brook University / NOAA Corps Collection, Public Domain

"We live in a microbial world. Microbes run this planet. Microbes have been around for billions of years before plants and animals evolved. All of the major biogeochemical functions on this planet came about because of microbes, and continue to be run by microbes. So when you talk about something like climate, the major biological influence of climate - aside from anthropomorphic changes, of course - have always been microbes." -David Mark Welch

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • Kjersti Aagaard of Baylor College of Medicine makes the case for a more risk-aware approach to research and regulation of fecal transplants and other manipulations of the bacteria that live in and on us.
  • Environmental Working Group's Nneka Leiba provides evidence-based tips for choosing a safe and effective sunscreen.
  • Biologist David Mark Welch explains why we need to pay more attention to microbes and their roles in climate change.
  • John Villasenor of UCLA and Brookings Institute says deepfakes are an unavoidable part of our media landscape, something we all need to be aware of when viewing videos online.