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Jun 8, 2016

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Nels visits Vincent in the MicrobeTV studio in New York and talks about how key genes of the Homo sapiens innate immune response were acquired from Neanderthals.

 

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Science Picks

Nels - DNA Clues to our Inner Neanderthal
Vincent - Blockhead

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Apr 23, 2016

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Mike Shapiro

Mike joins Nels and Vincent to talk about his work on what controls whether pigeons have scaly or feathered feet, and reveals that the hindlimbs of domestic birds with feathery feet are more like wings at the molecular level. 

 

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Science Picks

Mike - Pigeon exhibit, Natural History Museum of UtahPigeonetics (App store); Darwin's Pigeons
Nels - 
National Parasite Collection
Vincent - The Story Collider

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Mar 19, 2016

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Nels and Vincent continue with an emerging sub-theme of TWiEVO - organisms with wings - as they reveal how enhancer shuffling produces diverse butterfly wing patterns.

 

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Science Picks

Nels - Hill Country Science Mill
Vincent - The Butterfly Conservatory

Listener Pick

Stephen - Darwin Legacy

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Feb 20, 2016

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Kartik Chandran and Sara Sawyer

Sara and Kartik join Nels and Vincent to talk about the filovirus receptor NPC1 regulates Ebolavirus susceptibility in bats.

 

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Nels - Sundance Film Festival and Meru
Vincent - Quanta podcast (iTunes)
Sara - Isolation of Marburg viruses from fruit bats

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Jan 23, 2016

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Nitin Phadnis

Nitin joins Nels and Vincent to explain how he identified a gene that is responsible for male inviability in hybrids from a cross between two species of fruit flies.

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Nels - Watercolor of Darwin and crew
Vincent - SpaceX rocket landing (Verge and ArsTechnica)
Nitin - 120th anniversary of Roentgen's first X-ray

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Jan 9, 2016

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Nels and Vincent discuss the evolution of recombination in the genomes of birds and yeast.

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Nels - Tardigrade horizontal gene transfer (The Atlantic article)
Vincent - Einstein's theory of relativity changed everything

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Dec 26, 2015

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Nels and Vincent talk about how a cellular enzyme contributes to the very high mutation rate of human immunodeficiency virus type 1.

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Science Picks

Nels - Antelope Island State Park (Bison herders wanted)
Vincent - Processed meats cause cancer

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Dec 12, 2015

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Nels and Vincent launch a new podcast on evolution, and start by discussing how the field has changed through recent mergers of evolutionary and experimental biology in the post-genome era.

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Science Picks

Nels - Your inner fish (video stream, Shubin website)
Vincent - Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov

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