Episode 126: What can scientists discover about ancient pathogens through metagenomic approaches?

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In this episode, Pooja Swali (The Francis Crick Institute) takes us through her research using metagenomics techniques and approaches to study ancient pathogens, with an eye towards helping to measure and control infectious disease spread.

At what point did Pooja first fall in love with archaeology, genetics and anthropology, and what was her path towards pursuing her PhD? What is metagenomics and how can we track changes in pathogen genomes through time using metagenomic methods? How do diseases like tuberculosis, leprosy and treponemal disease show up on archaeological or historical skeletons? How do genomicists sample from them to get genetic information? How easy is it to learn how to code in genomics research?

We also talk about routine and PhD life during the COVID19 pandemic. And finally, Pooja also offers her thoughts on communicating genetics and genomics information to members of other disciplines (such as archaeologists), and her experiences in public communication sharing scientific knowledge with wider audiences.

You can find more information in the show notes under the episode on our website.

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