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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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Science Picks

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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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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Feb 26, 2020

Nels and Vincent examine SARS-CoV-2 from an evolutionary viewpoint, examining what the spike glycoprotein sequence informs us about the origin of the virus.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels - Alejandro Sanchez TED Talk
Vincent - WHO SARS-CoV-2 Sitrep

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

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