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Now displaying: 2019
Dec 24, 2019

Nels and Vincent discuss signatures of sex chromosome evolution revealed by assembly of a young vertebrate Y chromosome from 3-spined stickleback fish.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels - Genome from a 5,700-Year-Old Wad of Chewed Gum
Vincent - NJ Sea-Level Rise Reports

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Nov 29, 2019

Rich joins Nels and Vincent for a debriefing on the 4th Ringberg Symposium on Giant Virus Biology in Tegernsee, Germany.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Rich Condit

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Rich - Flightradar24
Nels - Deutsches Museum Munich
Vincent - Diversify Microbiology

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Oct 31, 2019

Nels and Vincent reveal a new choanoflagellate that forms multicellular cup shaped colonies that respond to light to alternate between feeding and swimming behavior.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels - How to write a great science paper by Cormac McCarthy
Vincent - Natural Selection Store

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Sep 19, 2019

Nels and Vincent trace the origins of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains used to make beer, and find that ales and lagers are made with yeasts that were derived from those used to make European grape wine and Asian rice wine.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels - Population fluctuations in 10 biggest cities
Vincent - 1.7 million year old rhino tooth (original Nature paper)

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Aug 31, 2019

Nels and Vincent analyze the genomes of canine transmissible tumors to provide insight into the worldwide spread of the disease from its origin in a single dog 4000-8500 years ago, and its diversity, mutation, and evolution.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels - Vasa Museum in Stockholm
Vincent - Nobel Museum in Stockholm

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Irene - @EndlessFormsand #PlantScienceFascinatesMe #plantsday

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Jul 29, 2019

At ASM Microbe in San Francisco, Nels and Vincent meet up with Talia Karasov who reveals that in contrast to agriculture, wild plants are colonized by multiple lineages of pathogenic bacteria.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Talia Karasov

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Jun 27, 2019

At ASM Microbe in San Francisco, Nels and Vincent meet up with Paul Turner to talk about evolutionary considerations in using bacteriophages to treat infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Paul Taylor

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NelsScience Glass

Vincent- Phage therapy for disseminated Mycobacterial infection

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May 25, 2019

Dustin Rubinstein joins Nels and Vincent to discuss coevolution of genome architecture and social behavior, and studying social transitions in sponge-dwelling snapping shrimp.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Dustin Rubinstein

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Dustin- Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies 1 by E.O. Wilson, and The Human Swarm by Mark O. Moffett

NelsFor Love of Insects by Thomas Eisner

Vincent- Quacks blamed for Pakistan HIV-1 outbreak

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Apr 24, 2019

Nels and Vincent review the contribution of multiple Denisovan lineages to the modern Papuan genome.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsSydney Brenner - What Genomes Can Tell Us About the Past
Vincent- Scientific Communication in a Post-Truth Society

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Mar 20, 2019

Nels and Vincent explore the evolution of new protein-coding genes de novo from nocoding DNA sequences, using the antifreeze protein of northern codfish as a model.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsScience at Sundance reviews

Vincent- The Rise and Fall of Scientific Authority

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Feb 15, 2019

Nels and Vincent move back to reproductive isolation - this time, pre-zygotic, in the charismatic orchid bee where the males make chemically distinct perfumes to attract mates of the same species.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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NelsNature Zen: Orchid Bees Are Shiny
Vincent- What You Believe About Science Denial May Be All Wrong

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Jan 26, 2019

Nels and Vincent look at the intracellular bacteria Legionella from an evolutionary perspective: the role of gene acquisition and reshuffling from plants, animals, fungi, and archaea in the emergence of human pathogens.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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