Jessie, Allie and Tyler join Nels and Vincent to describe their work on deep mutational scanning of the SARS-CoV-2 receptor binding domain.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Jesse Bloom, Allie Greaney, and Tyler Starr

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CoV_bank

Nels and Vincent continue their discussion of SARS-CoV-2 evolution, including understanding recurrent mutations in the viral genome, and the potential for re-emergence of the virus from an animal reservoir.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels – The Cell in Evolution
VincentVisual Science

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CoV_bank

Nels and Vincent continue their discussion of SARS-CoV-2 evolution, with a report that the coronavirus proofreading enzyme stimulates RNA recombination, and debunking the conclusion that a change in the viral spike glycoprotein is associated with increased human to human transmission.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels – In Memoriam: Gordon Lark
VincentJohn Oliver Discussion of Antibody Tests

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CoV_bank

Nels and Vincent continue their discussion of SARS-CoV-2 from an evolutionary viewpoint, including function of the furin cleavage site, whether Vervet cells are an informative system, another bat isolate, and a nomenclature to assist genomic epidemiology.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels – EvoEco seminars
VincentCoronavirus book for children

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nextstrain.org

Nels and Vincent continue their discussion of SARS-CoV-2 from an evolutionary viewpoint, focusing on what the genome sequences tell us about the virus.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels – Science Mill Explorer Zone
VincentCOVID-19 treatment and therapy tracker

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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
VincentWHO SARS-CoV-2 Sitrep

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helix-loop-helix

Nels and Vincent dive deep into evolution and consider how new proteins emerged billions of years ago, when there were no other proteins to serve as starting material.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels – Universal principled review
VincentHostile Planet by National Geographic

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Courtney – Nightwish Endless Forms Most Beautiful and Shudder Before The Beautiful

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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
VincentNJ Sea-Level Rise Reports

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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
VincentDiversify Microbiology

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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
VincentNatural Selection Store

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