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

Listener Pick

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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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.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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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.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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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.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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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.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Marco Vignuzzi

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Nels – Global Tagging of Pelagic Predators
Vincent – Why has the EPA shifted on toxic chemicals?
Marco – Labs of Siobain Duffy, Seema Lackdawala, Chris Brook

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