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Eduardo Longoria
President of Portunus, Treasurer of Prophase BioStudios
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Friday, 22 March 2019

Chernobyl, Then And Now, Part 1

This episode of BioTech Nation discusses the circumstances surrounding the Chernobyl disaster. The episode begins with a quick overview of events that have gone on in Biotech in recent days, and it is hosted by Dr. Moira Gunn. 

In her interview with journalist Adam Higginbotham, Dr.Gunn discusses the human error that led to the disaster and lack of crucial personnel at the plant. Described as a young man's game, working at the Chernobyl plant took a massive toll on an individual's sleep schedule and stress levels. The job required all night shifts, often times extended shifts and a lot of high pressure work. As such, vital personnel were often in short supply. The complexities of managing a nuclear reactor are considered in the podcast and described in great detail. 

There is a part 2 to the Chernobyl series that interviews Kate Brown of MIT on the environmental and health impacts of the disaster and what has been done to mitigate them. 

The second half of the podcast introduces a medical record-keeping app designed to give patients control of their own data. Vincent Keunen, founder of Anadaman7 offers this service for free to patients as a social good and in reaction to his son Pierre's bone cancer. 

Chernobyl, Then And Now, Part 1
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