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When Good Cells Go Bad

Dr. Biology takes trip to visit Michael Berens, Adjunct Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University and Senior Investigator at Translational Genomics Institute (TGen).

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Topic Time
Introduction - good and bad cells - cancer 00:00
What is a gene? 02:23
What is a genome? 03:51
Gene Therapy 04:31
Genetic Engineering 05:55
Translational Genomics 06:48
Where are the genes and genome located? 08:15
The Brain and Brain Tumors 08:37
What are the difficulties when trying to treat brain tumors? 11:41
What can translational genomics do for treating brain cancer? 14:24
What is TGen? 15:35
What does your lab look like? 17:23
What types of jobs are there in biotech labs such as yours? 19:14
Graphic artists 21:37
High school and college internship opportunities. 22:56
When did you know you wanted to be a biologist? 26:27
What would you do if you could not be a biologist? 28:10
What advice do you have for someone that wants to be a biologist? 28:58

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When Good Cells Go Bad

Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

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