Drosophilid telomeresMia joins Nels and Vincent to unravel their finding that the transposons that maintain the ends of chromosomes in Drosophila have evolved in conflict with the genome.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Mia Levine

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Science Picks 1:06:43

Nels – Cinema Science podcast
Vincent – Mastodon bones unearthed (Instagram, Grand Rapids News)

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strawberry sexNels and Vincent reveal that female-specific DNA associated with sex in strawberries has repeatedly changed its genomic location, possibly linking new genes with sex.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks 1:19:52

Nels – New snailfish and Cloned crayfish
Vincent – A PhD Lab Coat Ceremony

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SteveDiversity in simple blobs
JustinOn Growth and Form by D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (free)

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ManateeNels and Vincent discuss how the loss of an enzyme in marine mammals millions of years ago now makes them at risk for neurotoxicity caused by human-made organophosphorous pesticides.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Hey farmer farmer put away the chlor-pyri-fus
I don’t care about spots on my apples
Leave me the manatee and walruses

Science Picks 1:13:56

Nels – New dinosaur discovered in Utah
Vincent – The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen

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Nels and Vincent

Nels and Vincent at ASV 2018

Nels and Vincent are astounded by the finding of an insect-derived virus in a fungus that manipulates the behavior of flies.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks 1:09:26

Nels – Mindsuckers; getting photos; Anand Varma photos
Vincent – Happy Birthday Gregor Mendel

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San_Marco_spandrelMatt joins Nels and Vincent to discuss the neutral theory of evolution and its rejection in light of genome-scale data.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Matt Hahn

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Science Picks 1:10:35

Nels – Inaugural Transposon Day
Vincent – How many human genes?

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AnnePlants repeatedly lose ability to obtain nitrogen

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Bronze age dwelling at Flag Fen

Bronze age dwelling (image credit)

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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Science Picks 1:16:00

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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Science Picks 1:11:17

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.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks 1:33:08

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.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Sarah Tishkoff

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Science Picks 1:12:01

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.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Science Picks 1:09:14

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

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