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“Science is Fun!”

Can dieting help you live longer? Do microbes control your immune system? Can studying snakes help stop the next pandemic? UCSF microbiologist Peter Turnbaugh, PhD, interviews famous scientists and rising stars about research quests that span the spectrum of health.

Portrait of Peter Turnbaugh, host of the podcast Science is Fun!

TED Talk: “Can We Create Vaccines that Mutate and Spread?”

The viruses that cause polio and COVID-19 mutate, but treatments for the diseases don’t. For over 20 years, UCSF and Gladstone Institutes scientist Leor Weinberger, PhD, has been thinking of ways to make vaccines work more efficiently by being adaptive, rather than static.

Leor Weinberger, PhD, speaking on the Ted Talk stage.

The Case of the Recurring Fever

An elderly man had symptoms no one could explain – until Amy Berger, MD, PhD, and her team investigated.

Comic-style illustration of a female doctor in the foreground, and three scientists in the background examining specimens with a microscope, test tube, and magnifying glass.

Capturing a Pandemic Moment

Bay Area photographer Barbara Ries shares her thoughts on one of her award-winning images of the Navajo Nation.

doctor talks with man in a hotel doorway

How Can We Thwart the Next Pandemic?

Leading scientists share some of the tools and strategies that could help us better confront and contain future outbreaks.

Illustration of three large humans standing on the Earth, pushing back coronaviruses.

Why Can’t I Sleep?

Insomnia is miserable, and lost sleep can harm our health. Now, researchers are seeing the promise of solutions in our genes.

Photo of a man and woman in bed; the woman is fast asleep and the man eats popcorn, wide awake.