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Inside Science: Human Biology


Taking Control of Your Cancer Risk with WebMD’s John Whyte

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

In-Person and Online Program: Despite what many people think, says physician John Whyte, chief medical officer of WebMD, most cancer is not caused by genetics, but rather lifestyle. He offers guidelines on factors including food, exercise, and stress management that can reduce your cancer risk and help you on a journey to better health.


Evolutionary Medicine: Why Do We Get Sick?

Monday, October 3, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET

Evolutionary medicine is a rapidly growing field that uses knowledge from modern evolutionary biology to better understand, prevent, and treat disease. Rui Diogo, associate professor of anatomy at Howard University’s College of Medicine, surveys its development, applications, and medical and societal implications, drawing on examples ranging from the historical origin of pandemics to state-of-the-art studies on cancer and social networks.


The Search for Life Beyond Earth

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

The race to remotely detect the first sign of alien life is gaining speed as technology starts to catch up to humanity’s imagination. Yet what evidence of “life”’ are we looking for? Louisa Preston of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at University College London explores the question through the study of terrestrial biology and geology and considers predictions as to what extraterrestrial life might be like and how it might be found.


Maria Sibylla Merian: A Biologist to the Bone

Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

The aesthetic appeal of the images created by Maria Sibylla Merian (German, 1647–1717) has led history to label her as an artist who painted and etched natural history subjects. Kay Etheridge, a professor emeritus of biology at Gettysburg College, draws on Merian’s own words and art to reveal she was as passionate a naturalist (biologist in modern terms) as Charles Darwin or Carl Linnaeus.