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Lab Notes

A podcast revealing the human stories behind headline-grabbing science.

Behind every science headline, there is a human story.

The 21st century is the century of biology. Discoveries made in the lab today will shape the cures of tomorrow. Hear about the advancements in neuroscience, cell biology, immunology the frontiers of science with Lab Notes: A podcast from the Allen Institute. Streaming everywhere.

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Lab Notes | The mystery of long COVID

08.17.2023

Where are we with long COVID? Researchers at the Allen Institute and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center are working to understand the science behind this...

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Lab Notes | Cracking the code of addiction

10.13.2022

Neuroscientists at the Allen Institute and the University of North Carolina are working to crack the biology of reward and addiction. Hear about their...

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Lab Notes | Bees suffer from social isolation too

08.25.2022

Neuroscientist Z Yan Wang investigated how social isolation impacted young bumblebees, and it looks like they grow up to be a little ‘socially...

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Lab Notes | Building a consciousness meter with Christof Koch

05.26.2022

Can we put a number on human consciousness?

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Lab Notes | Why don’t we understand the brain?

03.15.2022

Scientists have known for centuries that the brain is the seat of human thought, but we’re still in the dark about how it works.

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Lab Notes | Fire Inside: The quest to understand and prevent rheumatoid arthritis

05.17.2021

In the early '80s, Linda Sloate was a 30-year old mom raising three little kids when she became one of an estimated 20 million people worldwide living...

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Lab Notes | The novelist and the scientist

03.02.2021

When neuroscientist Christina Kim published an important research study, her close friend, novelist Yaa Gyasi, wanted to understand more about her...

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Lab Notes | Starved but unable to eat: Life with Crohn’s

12.23.2020

Aldan Beaubien was in high school when a smorgasbord of bagels, cream cheese and apple juice left him in agony. Months later, doctors diagnosed him...

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Lab Notes | SCANning for coronavirus

09.23.2020

The SCAN study launched to track Covid-19 in the Seattle area led by Allen Discovery Center leader Dr. Jay Shendure

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Lab Notes | Taming the beast

08.05.2020

When the first COVID-19 cases began arriving at hospitals int he U.S., doctors nicknamed the illness "The Beast" because of the way it attacked the...

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Lab Notes | A wearable diagnostic for COVID-19

04.23.2020

What if there were a face mask that could tell you you’re infected with coronavirus before you ever show symptoms?

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