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Oct 24, 2018

Mia joins Nels and Vincent to unravel their finding that the transposons that maintain the ends of chromosomes in Drosophilahave evolved in conflict with the genome.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Mia Levine

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Science Picks

Nels - Cinema Science podcast
Vincent - Mastodon bones unearthed (Instagram, Grand Rapids News)

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Sep 21, 2018

Nels and Vincent reveal that female-specific DNA associated with sex in strawberries has repeatedly changed its genomic location, possibly linking new genes with sex. 

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks

Nels - New snailfish and Cloned crayfish
Vincent - A PhD Lab Coat Ceremony

Listener Picks

Steve - Diversity in simple blobs
Justin - On Growth and Forms by D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson

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Aug 16, 2018

Nels and Vincent discuss how the loss of an enzyme in marine mammals millions of years ago now makes them at risk for neurotoxicity caused by human-made organophosphorous pesticides.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Hey farmer farmer put away the chlor-pyri-fus
I don’t care about spots on my apples
Leave me the manatee and walruses

Science Picks

Nels - New dinosaur discovered in Utah
Vincent -The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen

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Jul 25, 2018

Nels and Vincent are astounded by the finding of an insect-derived virus in a fungus that manipulates the behavior of flies.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks

Nels - Mindsuckers; getting photos; Anand Varma photos 
Vincent - Happy Birthday Gregor Mendel

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Jun 19, 2018

Matt joins Nels and Vincent to discuss the neutral theory of evolution and its rejection in light of genome-scale data.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Matt Hahn

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Science Picks

Nels - Inaugural Transposon Day
Vincent - How many human genes?

Listener Pick

Anne- Plants repeatedly lose ability to obtain nitrogen

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May 19, 2018

Nels and Vincent present ancient hepatitis B virus genome sequences from Bronze Age to Medieval period human remains.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks

Nels - Sampling whale breathwith drones (Preprint)
Vincent - Verge Science

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Apr 21, 2018

Nels and Vincent reveal how a motor protein in corn causes preferential transmission of chromosomes to egg cells, leading to non-Mendelian inheritance.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks

Nels - Craypot stinkhorn mushroom (Colus pusilus)
Vincent -Doubts raised over plan to release herpesvirus to wipe out carp

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Mar 21, 2018

Nels and Vincent discuss the evolution of blood feeding to nonbiting in a mosquito, and evolution of bacterial virulence in the house finch caused by incomplete host immunity.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks

Nels - IDEA and Impossible Foods
Vincent - it is NOT junk

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Feb 28, 2018

Sarah Tishkoff joins Nels and Vincent to explain work from her laboratory on the genetic basis of skin pigmentation in Africans.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Sarah Tishkoff

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Science Picks

Nels - In Defense of Plants (Shrew Loo)
Vincent - Contribution of NIH funding to new drug approvals

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Jan 13, 2018

Taking a cue from the recent frigid weather, Nels and Vincent explore how modifications of a neuronal cold-sensing channel regulate diminished cold sensitivity in hibernating mammals.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks

Nels - Undergrad podcasters from Stonehill College
Vincent - Viruses at Target

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Dec 7, 2017

Vinny Lynch joins Nels and Vincent to discuss how a zombie gene in elephants protects these large, long lived animals from cancer.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Vinny Lynch

 

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Science Picks

Nels - Animalism
Vincent - Voyager I fires up thrusters after 37 years
Vinny - Rollin' Wild

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Nov 22, 2017

Nels and Vincent discuss a genomic analysis of the passenger pigeon, which shows that species with large and stable populations may be at risk of extinction after a sudden environmental change.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks

Nels - Video of nematophagous fungi
Vincent - How should novelty be valued in science?
JohnEvo-Devo (Despacito Biology Parody)
MelanieWhat's in John's Freezer

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Oct 26, 2017

Marco Vignuzzi joins Nels and Vincent to discuss recent work from his laboratory on redirecting RNA virus evolution in sequence space.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Marco Vignuzzi

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Science Picks

Nels - Global Tagging of Pelagic Predators
Vincent - Why has the EPA shifted on toxic chemicals?
Marco - Labs of Siobain Duffy, Seema Lackdawala, Chris Brook

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Sep 20, 2017

Nels and Vincent reveal how the protein DHX9 suppresses RNA processing defects caused by invasion of the Alu retroelement into the human genome.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks

Nels - Saving Hellbender Salamanders
Vincent - The Living River

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Aug 30, 2017

Maitreya Dunham joins Nels and Vincent to explain how her laboratory uses experimental evolution to study yeast flocculation, the community-building cell aggregation trait.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Maitreya Dunham

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Science Picks

Nels - Floating Fire Ant Colonies in Houston and Help for Houston Researchers
Vincent - Help People Affected by Harvey and How To Help Harvey Victims

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Jul 13, 2017

Rich Condit joins Nels and Vincent to explain how a vaccinia virus protein customizes ribosomes to favor the translation of viral mRNAs with a stretch of A residues in the 5'-untranslated region.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

 

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Science Picks

Rich - Sniffing out significant “Pee values”
Nels - 
Cuttlefish mimicking a hermit crab (evolutionary context)
Vincent - Our first bioRxiv submission!

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Jun 20, 2017

Nels and Vincent explore the role of TSR proteins during colonization of cnidarians by dinoflagellates.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

 

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Science Picks

Nels - CRISPR 5 ways
Vincent - The Vital Question by Nick Lane

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May 24, 2017

Jonathan Weiner, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beak of the Finch, joins Nels and Vincent to talk about his career and his writing. 

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Jonathan Weiner

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Science Picks

Nels - The Gap by Ira Glass
Vincent - EPA removes climate science site

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Apr 10, 2017

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Ni-Chen 'Sylvia' Chang, Waring 'Buck' Trible, and Sean K. McKenzie

Buck and Sean join Vincent in New York, while Sylvia is with Nels in Salt Lake City to discuss the first mutant ant ever made: disruption of orco, a gene required for function of odorant receptors, show defects in social behavior and fitness.

 

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Science Picks

Nels - Urban Nature and What Makes a City Ant?
Vincent - Animations from WEHI

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Mar 13, 2017

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Stephen Goff

Nels joins Vincent in New York City to speak with Stephen Goff about transmissible clam cancers and the silencing of integrated retroviral genomes.

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Science Picks

Nels - Mindsuckers
Vincent - What is a species?

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Feb 25, 2017

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Nels and Vincent reveal how introns - the parts of pre-mRNAs that are removed by splicing - were generated by DNA transposons in two different picoeukaryotes.

 

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Science Picks

Nels - Did eukaryotes invent anything? (TWiM 144)
Vincent - Virology course online

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Jan 22, 2017

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Hopi Hoekstra

Nels and Vincent speak with Hopi Hoekstra about her career and the work of her laboratory on developmental mechanisms of stripe patterns in rodents. 

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Science Picks

Hopi -Diversify EEBAnne's List
Nels - 
Celebration for Harry Noller
Vincent - Biological Warfare, Virus Style (journal article)

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Dec 22, 2016

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Jessica BrownMichael KayWayne PottsJune Round, and Janis Weis

From the Microbial Pathogenesis Retreat of the University of Utah School of Medicine, held at the Utah Museum of Natural History, Nels and Vincent speak with faculty members about their work on bacteria, fungi, viruses, and mirror-image biochemistry.

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Science Picks

Nels - An Open Letter to My Class
Vincent - The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner

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Nov 16, 2016

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Corrie Moreau

Corrie joins Nels and Vincent to talk about her comparative analysis of the genomes of mutualist ants that nest in plants, and non-symbiotic species.

 

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Science Picks

Nels - Mind-melting animated gifs
Vincent - Parasites Without Borders
Corrie - Brain Scoop with Emily Graslie

Listener Pick

Chris - Shark weapons

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Oct 19, 2016

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Josh Drew

Josh joins Nels and Vincent to talk about his research on the evolution and conservation of aquatic tropical  biodiversity, and the historical ecology of 19th century American Whalers.

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Science Picks

Nels - Dr. Mary-Claire King at World Science Festival
Vincent - Contagious Thinking
Josh - Diversify EEB

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