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Cool Science Radio - January 14, 2016

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  Lynn Ware Peek and guest co-host Tim Henney find out how neuroscience, psychology, and quirky nutritional needs makes us choose what we put in our mouths.  They speak with acclaimed food writer  Bee Wilson about the origins of taste and our food habits. She’s written a book just out called First Bite, How We Learn to Eat

Then, why do elephants experience almost no cancer at all?  The key lies in a gene that elephants have about 20 times more of than we humans do.  An oncologist from Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City uncovers this fascinating fact about the gene called P53.

Finally, it’s  new research that shows that climate change is impeding certain mammals' ability to digest toxic plants.  We speak with Patrice Kurnath , a biology doctoral student at the University of Utah about her study.