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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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