Bio Eats World

Biology is technology

Biology is breaking out of the lab and clinic—and into our daily lives. Bio (our shorthand for the intersection of the life sciences, healthcare, technology and industry) is today where the computing revolution was 50 years ago: on the precipice of revolutionizing our world in ways we are only just beginning to appreciate. Through conversations with leading scientists, builders, entrepreneurs, and leaders, hosts Hanne Winarsky and Lauren Richardson (along with the team at Andreessen Horowitz), examine how bio is going to fundamentally transform our future. In short, bio is eating the world.

Episodes publish twice weekly. On Mondays, we dive deep into a big trend in the bio space. On Thursdays, Journal Club digs into a specific and timely article from the scientific literature, covering the results, key implications, and how to translate the findings from paper to practice.

Latest Episodes

January 18, 2021

The Genetics of Risk

Genetic testing is on the cusp of a major revolution, which has the potential to shift not just how we understand our risk for disease, but how we practice ...

January 14, 2021

Journal Club: Synthetic Germs, Our Newest Weapon for Fighting Cancer

Dr. Willem Mulder is a Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, Eindhoven University of Technology, and  Radboud University Medical Center and ...

January 11, 2021

The Biology of Brain Organoids (or, Don't Call it a Brain in a Dish!)

For more on brain organoids and their many applications, check out this episode of Journal Club: "Modeling Mysterious Brain Structures." Host Lauren Richardson ...

January 7, 2021

Journal Club: Why do only some people get severe COVID-19?

Dr. Helen Su, Chief of the Human Immunological Diseases Section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (part of the NIH) and co-leader of ...

January 4, 2021

So You Wanna Build a Software Company in Healthcare?

Building a software company in healthcare is hard—and comes along with unique challenges no other entrepreneurs face. In this conversation, a16z bio ...

December 18, 2020

The Machine That Made the Vaccine

A year ago, none of us would believe that mRNA vaccines would be a household name. And yet here we are, at the end of 2020, counting the days towards a vaccine ...

December 14, 2020

The Cost Disease in Healthcare

with @pmarca and @vijaypande How come things like healthcare, education, and housing get more and more expensive, but things like socks, shoes, and ...

December 10, 2020

Journal Club: How to Win an Evolutionary Arms Race

Harmit Malik, PhD (Professor and Associate Director of the Basic Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) joins host Lauren Richardson ...

December 7, 2020

The Google Maps Moment in (Modeling) Biology

You don't have to build a million planes to test a million aeronautical designs; we have mathematical simulations and models that do that for us. But in ...

December 3, 2020

Journal Club: Bioengineering Birth

Anthony Atala, MD (the G. Link Professor and Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W. Boyce Professor and Chair of Urology), ...

November 30, 2020

The Story of Schizophrenia

Descriptions of the mental illness we today call schizophrenia are as old as humankind itself. And more than likely, we are are all familiar with this disease ...

November 24, 2020

Food as Medicine

We all know that eating healthy is better for you—and that following that advice is far harder than it sounds, for a multitude of reasons, from culture to ...

Reviews of Bio Eats World

Perfect way to stay informed about the hottest science. I recently left biology research after nearly a decade and was looking for an easy way to keep up-to-date about new cutting-edge research. So glad I found this podcast! I love it and always learn something fascinating.


Very intriguing topics! The host ask interesting & thoughtful questions. The show takes scientific ideas and puts a tech spin on it that allows listeners to view science in a different way. Keep up the good work!!

center viewpoint

Great podcast! Fascinating and artful coverage of current events in the bio world! As a subject matter expert, I appreciate the technical details. However, the hosts manage to communicate these details in a clear and concise way without losing the bigger picture. Timely, clear, and thorough! Highly recommend!


Great podcast. I’m not a scientist or in tech, but I love hearing these super smart people talk about their work. The host and guests do a great job of communicating high level ideas in way that keeps me informed, and coming back for more.


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