Bronze age dwelling at Flag Fen

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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 breath with drones (Preprint)
Vincent – Verge Science

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Glass gem cornNels and Vincent reveal how a motor protein in corn causes preferential transmission of chromosomes to egg cells, leading to non-Mendelian inheritance.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels – Craypot stinkhorn mushroom (Colus pusilus)
Vincent – Doubts raised over plan to release herpesvirus to wipe out carp

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Haemorhous mexicanusNels and Vincent discuss the evolution of blood feeding to nonbiting in a mosquito, and evolution of bacterial virulence in the house finch caused by incomplete host immunity.

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Nels – IDEA and Impossible Foods
Vincent – it is NOT junk

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AfricansSarah Tishkoff joins Nels and Vincent to explain work from her laboratory on the genetic basis of skin pigmentation in Africans.

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Guest: Sarah Tishkoff

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Nels – In Defense of Plants (Shrew Loo)
Vincent – Contribution of NIH funding to new drug approvals

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TRPM8 and hibernatorsTaking a cue from the recent frigid weather, Nels and Vincent explore how modifications of a neuronal cold-sensing channel regulate diminished cold sensitivity in hibernating mammals.

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Nels – Undergrad podcasters from Stonehill College
Vincent – Viruses at Target

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HyraxVinny Lynch joins Nels and Vincent to discuss how a zombie gene in elephants protects these large, long lived animals from cancer.

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Guest: Vinny Lynch

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Nels – Animalism
Vincent – Voyager I fires up thrusters after 37 years
VinnyRollin’ Wild

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Passenger pigeon shootNels and Vincent discuss a genomic analysis of the passenger pigeon, which shows that species with large and stable populations may be at risk of extinction after a sudden environmental change.

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Nels – Video of nematophagous fungi
Vincent – How should novelty be valued in science?
John – Evo-Devo (Despacito Biology Parody)
Melanie – What’s in John’s Freezer

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Marco VignuzziMarco Vignuzzi joins Nels and Vincent to discuss recent work from his laboratory on redirecting RNA virus evolution in sequence space.

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Guest: Marco Vignuzzi

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Nels – Global Tagging of Pelagic Predators
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Marco – Labs of Siobain Duffy, Seema Lackdawala, Chris Brook

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Nels FishingNels and Vincent reveal how the protein DHX9 suppresses RNA processing defects caused by invasion of the Alu retroelement into the human genome.

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Nels – Saving Hellbender Salamanders
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Dunham chemostatMaitreya Dunham joins Nels and Vincent to explain how her laboratory uses experimental evolution to study yeast flocculation, the community-building cell aggregation trait.

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Guest: Maitreya Dunham

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Nels – Floating Fire Ant Colonies in Houston and Help for Houston Researchers
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