104 - Your Personal 'Cloud' Of Bacteria

On this week's episode of the Beta Sandwich Science Podcast we discuss: (1) How a poison called palytoxin generate by some aquarium corals may kill you ; (2) The potential skewing of results when private funding is A1:N203 ; (3) A new HIV drug that cuts transmission rates in half; and (4) how your aquarium might kill you.


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Look at this picture of Charon, Pluto's largest moon.  It's so big relative to Pluto that its gravity causes the two objects to circle each other like a pair of dancers holding onto one another.  I love how some of the craters are so large that they are clearly visible on the horizon.  A+ NASA.

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This is palytoxin, a poison gas released from some types of coral.  It is a stunning molecule with over 100 continuously linked carbons and it has one of the greatest IUPAC names ever (see below) 

This is palytoxin, a poison gas released from some types of coral.  It is a stunning molecule with over 100 continuously linked carbons and it has one of the greatest IUPAC names ever (see below) 

(2S,3R,5R,6E,8R,9S)-10-[(2R,3R,4R,5S,6R)-6-[(1S,2R,3S,4S,5R,11S)-11-{[(1R,3S,5S,7R)-5-[(8S)-9-[(2R,3R,4R,5R,6S)-6-[(2S,3S,4E,6S,9R,10R)-10-[(2S,4R,5S,6R)-6-[(2R,3R)-4-[(2R,3S,4R,5R,6S)-6-[(2S,3Z,5E,8R,9S,10R,12Z,17S,18R,19R,20R)-20-{[(2R,3R,4R,5S,6R)-6-[(1Z,3R,4R)-5-[(1S,3R,5R,7R)-7-{2-[(2R,3R,5S)-5-(aminomethyl)-3-hydroxyoxolan-2-yl]ethyl}-2,6-dioxabicyclo[3.2.1]octan-3-yl]-3,4-dihydroxypent-1-en-1-yl]-3,4,5-trihydroxyoxan-2-yl]methyl}-2,8,9,10,17,18,19-heptahydroxy-14-methylidenehenicosa-3,5,12-trien-1-yl]-3,4,5-trihydroxyoxan-2-yl]-2,3-dihydroxybutyl]-4,5-dihydroxyoxan-2-yl]-2,6,9,10-tetrahydroxy-3-methyldec-4-en-1-yl]-3,4,5,6-tetrahydroxyoxan-2-yl]-8-hydroxynonyl]-1,3-dimethyl-6,8-dioxabicyclo[3.2.1]octan-7-yl]methyl}-1,2,3,4,5-pentahydroxydodecyl]-3,4,5-trihydroxyoxan-2-yl]-2,5,8,9-tetrahydroxy-N-[(1E)-2-[(3-hydroxypropyl)-C-hydroxycarbonimidoyl]eth-1-en-1-yl]-3,7-dimethyldec-6-enimidic acid