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Nov 17, 2018

David Quammen joins Nels and Vincent to talk about his new book, A Tangled Tree, including evolutionary trees, Carl Woese, Lynn Margulis, horizontal gene transfer, and much more.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: David Quammen

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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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