Podcast: Killing off stowaways to Mars, chasing synthetic opiates, and how soil contributes to global carbon calculations

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daybreak on Mars

This week, how to avoid contaminating Mars with microbial hitchhikers, turning mammalian cells into biocomputers, and a look at how underground labs in China are creating synthetic opioids for street sales in the United States with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic.

Caitlin Hicks Pries joins Julia Rosen to discuss her study of the response of soil carbon to a warming world.

And for this month’s book segment, Jen Golbeck talks to Rob Dunn about his book Never Out of Season: How Having the Food We Want When We Want It Threatens Our Food Supply and Our Future.

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Transcripts courtesy of Scribie.com.

[Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Music: Jeffrey Cook]


Sarah Crespi

Sarah Crespi is the Senior Multimedia Producer at Science and host of the Science Magazine Podcast.

Catherine Matacic

Catherine Matacic

Catherine Matacic is an associate online editor, specializing in linguistics and the social sciences. She also runs the Science news quiz, which she occasionally aces!

Julia Rosen

Julia Rosen is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon.

Jen Golbeck

Jennifer Golbeck

Jennifer Golbeck is a professor at the University of Maryland in College Park.