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Title Catalyst: Polar People/Plant Based Medicine
Published Australia : ABC, 2015
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Summary POLAR PEOPLEWanted: Antarctic workers - positions available, apply within. Would you apply? Each year, over 2000 people apply for jobs in Antarctica, few are successful. So what are the physical and psychological attributes required to work in the most remote location on Earth? To find out, Mark Horstman follows two successful applicants - Jan, the lone station doctor responsible for keeping the small isolated community alive and well for 14 months; and Cliff, one of the tradies looking after the station's buildings and infrastructure.PLANT BASED MEDICINEA weedy looking African plant used to make tea drunk by African women to aid childbirth, is the inspiration behind research that may lead to the development of ingestible, protein- based drugs. The key is its unique circular and cross-linked protein structure making it extremely strong and resilient once swallowed. Research is continuing, but as Dr Maryanne Demasi reports this could be the Holy Grail to overcome some of the limitations of today's existing oral drugs.PRODUCTION DETAILS:Series Producer: Ingrid Arnott
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2015-02-03 at 20:00:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Appendicitis.
Drugs -- Research.
Herbs -- Therapeutic use.
Scientific expeditions.
Self-care, Health -- Study and teaching.
Wilderness survival -- Study and teaching.
Antarctic Regions.
Form Streaming video
Author Horstman, Mark, host
Ayton, Jeff, contributor
Clark, Richard, contributor
Craik, David, contributor
Demasi, Maryanne, contributor
Groom, Andrew, contributor
Moloney, James, contributor
Reid, Nigel, contributor
Rice, Pip, contributor
Simpson-Davis, Cliff, contributor
Wallace, Jan, contributor