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Nov 8, 2022

Nels and Vincent review the use of ancient DNA to identify loci that may have been under selection during the Black Death by studying populations before, during, and after the pandemic.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels Interview with Paul Turner in Current Biology and Map of the World if you are a fish
VincentSmallpox and its eradication

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Oct 24, 2022

Florian Maderspacher from Current Biology joins Nels and Vincent to discuss a special issue of the journal on birds.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Florian Maderspacher

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Florian – Favorite birds of authors/contributors in Birds issue
NelsLoss of avian intromittent organs as a sperm competition strategy: a race to be last
Vincent – Malaria at the Bronx Zoo (TWiP 110)

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Sep 25, 2022

Nels and Vincent consider evidence that a single amino acid change in the TKTL1 gene might have led to greater neurogenesis in the frontal cortex of modern humans compared with Neanderthals.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsUnusual display of elements
VincentSykdomspulsen and summary

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Aug 24, 2022

Nels and Vincent discuss how duplication of a gene encoding a transcription factor led to evolution of a novel cell type in the slime mold Dictyostelium.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels Dall-E artificial intelligence meets art
VincentJohn Bonner’s slime mold movies

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Aug 1, 2022

Louise Moncla joins Nels and Vincent to review her use of genomics to understand emergence, evolution, and transmission of respiratory viruses including influenza virus H5N1, mumps virus, and SARS-CoV-2.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Louise Moncla

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NelsJWST Images
Vincent3rd International Symposium on Infectious Diseases of Bats and Program

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Jul 2, 2022

Nels and Vincent discuss an analysis of the drivers of evolution of SARS-CoV-2 during chronic infections, indicating that a tradeoff exists between antibody evasion and fitness.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels NASA scientists say images from the Webb telescope nearly brought them to tears
Vincent FDA: Don’t rush a move to change the Covid-19 vaccine composition

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May 26, 2022

Nels and Vincent provide an update on cases of monkeypox, and summarize a biochemical view of three changes in the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein that may balance positive and negative selection.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsScience on the Side podcast by Morgan Nelson and Ty Chiaro 
Vincent Richard Ernst Lecture 2022

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Apr 26, 2022

Alex joins Nels and Vincent to discuss his work which demonstrates that somatic mutation rates scale with lifespan in mammals.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Alex Cagan

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Alex Paper.app
NelsFifty years since Lewontin’s apportionment of human diversity
Vincent An Exceptional Village

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MarthaPlagues Upon the Earth by Kyle Harper

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Mar 22, 2022

Nels and Vincent describe how a single amino acid change can allow E. coli to replace the essential gut symbiont of the stinkbug Plautia stali.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsInequality in science and the case for a new agenda
VincentFoundations of Virology by Fred Murphy

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SamSaturday Morning Breakfast – Evolutionist

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Feb 24, 2022

Nels and Vincent review isolation of SARS-CoV-2-like viruses from bats in Laos that can replicate in human cells.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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  • SARS-CoV-2 like viruses in bats in Laos (Nature)
  • Vampire vax (TWiV 809)
  • Time stamps by Jolene. Thanks!

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NelsErich Jarvis on scientists and public engagement
Vincent Polio type 1 in Africa

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Feb 3, 2022
Joe Graves joins Nels and Vincent to discuss his career in evolutionary biology and his recent book that answers questions about race and racism.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Joe Graves

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NelsWhere is Webb?
VincentBlack Microbiologists Association
JoeBiology versus bias

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Dec 28, 2021

Nels and Vincent review three aspects of SARS-CoV-2: phylogenetics of Omicron, a two-step fitness selection for variants, and putative RNA insertions from host genomes.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsPlant virus satellite accelerates wing formation in insect
Vincent A plant virus that switched to vertebrates

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Oct 26, 2021

Nels and Vincent discuss evolutionary evidence for an epidemic of coronavirus infection over 20,000 years ago in East Asia, and reconstruction of the membrane differences between bacteria and Archaea reveals unexpected differences in permeability.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsSlowed canonical progress in large fields of science
Vincent Virology Live

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Sep 27, 2021

Nels and Vincent explain a method to calculate the mutation rate of SARS-CoV-2, and the role of a single amino acid change in spike in enhancing fitness of the delta variant and enabling it to out-compete the alpha variant.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsLeading Edge Symposium
VincentEpidemiological and evolutionary dynamics of SARS-CoV-2

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ThomasThe gene’s-eye view of evolution by J. Arvid Ågren

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Aug 3, 2021

Carl Zimmer joins Nels to talk about science writing, science communication, viruses, and his new book, On Life’s Edge.

Host: Nels Elde

Guest: Carl Zimmer

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Nels Remembrance of Dick Lewontin
CarlFrom telomere to telomere: the transcriptional and epigenetic state of human repeat elements

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Jun 30, 2021

Nels and Vincent discuss the identification of novel bat coronaviruses that shed light on the evolution of SARS-CoV-2, dating the first cases of COVID-19 to mid-November 2019, and recovery of deleted genome sequences from early in the Wuhan outbreak.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels The Last—And Only—Foreign Scientist in the Wuhan Lab Speaks Out
Vincent Human Behavior During the Pandemic Is More Important Than Any Covid Variant

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May 29, 2021

Nels and Vincent explain a new method for calculating the most recent common ancestor of SARS-CoV-2, which concludes that the ancestral virus was circulating in October/November 2019, before its first detection in China.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels Ed Yong pandemic trauma and We’re Not Ready for the Next Pandemic
VincentFurin cleavage site is not a smoking gun

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Apr 22, 2021

Nels and Vincent review evidence for recombinant SARS-CoV-2 genomes arising in the B.1.1.7 lineage within the United Kingdom.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels Mars rover helicopter flight!
VincentTWiN 17: Worms see the light with Michael Nitabach

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Mar 25, 2021

Nels and Vincent review a preprint demonstrating that changes in the genomes of the SARS-CoV-2 variants B1.351 and P.1 allow the viruses to reproduce in mouse cells in culture and in laboratory mice.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsBillion years of plate tectonics
VincentSapiens a Graphic History by Yuval Noah Harari

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Feb 25, 2021

Nels and Vincent review evidence that a single amino acid change in the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein has driven adaptation to humans, followed by an update on the status of variants of concern.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsRadio Garden
VincentOur World in Data – Coronavirus

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Jan 22, 2021

Nels and Vincent consider evolution of antibody immunity to SARS-CoV-2, and update the situation on novel virus variants of concern with potentially altered fitness and reactivity with antibodies.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsBiden Administration PCAST and The Hill We Climb
Vincent – Four inaugural quotations – Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Biden

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Dec 31, 2020

Nels and Vincent wrap up 2020 with a discussion of novel variants of SARS-CoV-2 that have emerged in the United Kingdom and South Africa, how to interpret the rapidly emerging genome sequence data and what to look for in the coming weeks as these variants spread across the globe.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels Katalin Karikos’ career and mRNA vaccines
VincentReverse Engineering of mRNA vaccine

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Dec 7, 2020

Daniel joins Nels and Vincent to discuss his new book on army ants, the wickedest insects ever to roam the planet, and his research on them and clonal raider ants.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Daniel Kronauer

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DanielDesert Navigator by Rüdiger Wehner and Insects of Suriname by Maria Sibylla Merian
Nels NPR Scicommers
Vincent The Vintage Beauty Of Soviet Control Rooms

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Oct 31, 2020

Nels and Vincent discuss an opinion piece on 12 evolutionary insights into how the COVID-19 pandemic is shaping human nature, and prolonged SARS-CoV-2 reproduction in an immunosuppressed patient.

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Nels Scott Edwards bikes across US; support diversity in evolution
Vincent30 computers sculpture project

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Sep 25, 2020

On the fifth anniversary of TWiEVO, Nels and Vincent invite 12 evolutionary biologists to describe exciting future directions for the field and their laboratory in the next five years.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Lillian Fritz Laylin, Talia Karasov, Andrew Kern, Sarah Tishkoff, Dmitri Petrov, Nancy Chen, Amanda Larracuente, John McCutcheon, Ambika Kamath, Chip Aquadro, Rebekah Rogers, Yaniv Braindvain, and Harmit Malik

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Nels - Science Mill Virtual Tour and Benefit
Vincent - Das Coronavirus summaries

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