Episodes

October 25, 2021

Type I diabetes | Diabetes

Episode 380. Topic: Type I diabetes. Theme: Diabetes. What is type I diabetes? How is it an autoimmune disease? What is the average age of diagnosis? Why are diagnosis rates increasing? Twitter: @3minutelesson Email: 3minutel...

October 22, 2021

Am I antisocial? | Investigating myself

Episode 379. Investigating myself. Topic: Am I antisocial? How can genetics shape our behaviors and personality? How are variants in the gene MAO-A associated with aggressive behavior? Do I have the aggressive genetic associa...

October 20, 2021

FIRE | Retirement finance

Episode 378. Topic: FIRE. Theme: Retirement finance. How does one retire early? Is it difficult to save up the necessary investments for early retirement? What other ways can investment be used to lessen work later in life? T...

October 18, 2021

Aging populations | Retirement finance

Episode 377. Topic: Aging populations. Theme: Retirement finance. How are age ratios expected to change in the next century? Why does this matter? How can we keep social programs running with a smaller working population? Twi...

October 15, 2021

Types of retirement funds in the USA | Retirement finance

Episode 376. Topic: Types of retirement funds in the US. Theme: Retirement finance. How can you invest for retirement? What kinds of investment accounts are out there and what are their pros and cons? How are retirement accou...

October 13, 2021

Rise of the 401(k) | Retirement finance

Episode 375. Topic: Rise of the 401(k). Theme: Retirement finance. How old are pensions? Why are pensions uncommon today? What are the pros and cons of pensions and a 401(k) retirement investment account? Twitter: @3minuteles...

October 11, 2021

Social security in the USA | Retirement finance

Episode 374. Topic: Social security in the USA. Theme: Retirement finance. How was social security established? How does it work? How much can someone receive? How does it depend on retirement age? Twitter: @3minutelesson Ema...

October 08, 2021

CCR5 | Investigating myself

Episode 373. Investigating myself. Topic: CCR5. How does HIV immunity work? Do I have deletions in my CCR5 gene? How can I find this out? Twitter: @3minutelesson Email: 3minutelesson@gmail.com New episode every Monday, Wednes...

October 06, 2021

Emerging viruses | Epidemiology

Episode 372. Topic: Emerging viruses. Theme: Epidemiology. Where do new viruses come from? Did pre-agriculture humans experience viral diseases? How are viruses reemerging? Twitter: @3minutelesson Email: 3minutelesson@gmail.c...

October 04, 2021

Creating the flu vaccine | Epidemiology

Episode 371. Topic: Creating the flu vaccine. Theme: Epidemiology. What does it take to create the annual flu vaccine? How do scientists decide what flu virus strains to include? How are different types of flu vaccine created...

October 01, 2021

R0 | Epidemiology

Episode 370. Topic: R0. Theme: Epidemiology. How is virulence measured? How many people can one person with measles infect? Why do these numbers matter? What are R0 examples for other diseases? Twitter: @3minutelesson Email: ...

September 29, 2021

Infectious dose | Epidemiology

Episode 369. Topic: Infectious dose. Theme: Epidemiology. How many viruses or bacteria does it take to get you sick? How does this number change? What are some theorized infectious doses for common diseases? What about COVID-...

September 27, 2021

John Snow and cholera | Epidemiology

Episode 368. Topic: John Snow and cholera. Theme: Epidemiology. What is cholera and where did it originate? How did a physician named John Snow figure out how cholera was infecting a neighborhood? Is cholera still around toda...

September 24, 2021

Tay-Sachs disease | Investigating myself

Episode 367. Investigating myself. Topic: Tay-Sachs disease. What is Tay-Sachs disease? What causes it and how common is it? Why is this disease only common in certain populations? Why are affected rates declining? Twitter: ...

September 22, 2021

Sickle cell anemia | Investigating myself

Episode 366. Investigating myself. Topic: Sickle cell anemia. How does hemoglobin work? What happens when it is mutated like in sickle cell anemia? Why can carrying the disease be dangerous? Are there benefits to being a carr...

September 20, 2021

Cystic fibrosis | Investigating myself

Episode 365. Investigating myself. Topic: Cystic fibrosis. Why is cystic fibrosis so common in northern European populations? How does the disease arise? And am I a carrier? Twitter: @3minutelesson Email: 3minutelesson@gmail....

September 17, 2021

The thylacine | Extinct animals

Episode 364. Topic: The thylacine. Theme: Extinct animals. What ever happened to the thylacine (aka the Tasmanian tiger)? How did this animal evolve? Why was it hunted? When was it last seen? Twitter: @3minutelesson Email: 3m...

September 16, 2021

The great auk | Extinct animals

Episode 363. Topic: The great auk. Theme: Extinct animals. Is the great auk a type of penguin? how old is their relationship to humans? Where did they once live? Why were they hunted? When did they go extinct? Twitter: @3minu...

September 15, 2021

The bison | Extinct animals

Episode 362. Topic: The bison. Theme: Extinct animals. How did the American bison evolve? Is it actually extinct? How were they saved from sure extinction? Twitter: @3minutelesson Email: 3minutelesson@gmail.com New episode ev...

September 14, 2021

The dodo | Extinct animals

Episode 361. Topic: The dodo. Theme: Extinct animals. Are extinction rates high now? What happened to the dodo bird? Were they stupid or tragic? When did they go extinct and who is to blame? Twitter: @3minutelesson Email: 3mi...

September 13, 2021

The woolly mammoth | Extinct animals

Episode 360. Topic: The woolly mammoth. Theme: Extinct animals. How did the woolly mammoth evolve? How are they related to modern elephants? Did humans coexist with the woolly mammoth? When and why did they go extinct? Twitte...

September 11, 2021

Lynch syndrome | Investigating myself

Episode 359. Investigating myself. Topic: Lynch syndrome. What is lynch syndrome and what does it lead to? What causes it and how is it inherited? Do I have it? Twitter: @3minutelesson Email: 3minutelesson@gmail.com New episo...

September 10, 2021

Vasectomies | Birth control

Episode 358. Topic: Vasectomies. Theme: Birth control. How common are vasectomies? How effective are they? How do they work? Can they be reversed? Twitter: @3minutelesson Email: 3minutelesson@gmail.com New episode every week ...

September 09, 2021

Tubal ligation | Birth control

Episode 357 Topic: Tubal ligation. Theme: Birth control. What is the most common form of birth control? Why is it tubal ligation? How does this procedure prevent pregnancy? Is it reversible? Twitter: @3minutelesson Email: 3mi...