Biofuels, snake venom and BP's oil spill

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This weeks FT Science podcast hears about the biofuel research in the US, anti-snake venom in Brazil and estimating the amount of oil leaked from the broken BP pipe.

Maureen McCann, new director of Purdue University's Energy Centre in America, talks about the attraction of the US government funded multi-disciplinary research environment providing a ‘handshake between disciplines’ that fosters her research into the development of biofuels.  FT’s Andrew Jack phones in from Brazil to discuss their growing pharmaceutical sector and research around the production of anti-snake venom in horses.  And we hear from an engineering professor, Steve Wereley on his involvement in estimating the amount of oil leaking from the broken BP pipe in April.  Science Magazine reports on how flowering plants avoid fertilising themselves.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Diana Garnham in the studio and Andrew Jack in Brazil.

Listen to the pod cast.