Nels and Vincent explore the evolution of new protein-coding genes de novo from nocoding DNA sequences, using the antifreeze protein of northern codfish as a model.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels – Science at Sundance reviews

VincentThe Rise and Fall of Scientific Authority

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Nels and Vincent move back to reproductive isolation – this time, pre-zygotic, in the charismatic orchid bee where the males make chemically distinct perfumes to attract mates of the same species.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels – Nature Zen: Orchid Bees Are Shiny
VincentWhat You Believe About Science Denial May Be All Wrong

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Nels and Vincent look at the intracellular bacteria Legionella from an evolutionary perspective: the role of gene acquisition and reshuffling from plants, animals, fungi, and archaea in the emergence of human pathogens.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels – Science in Film (twitter)
VincentLunar Eclipse 101

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evolving evolutionNels and Vincent reveal a highly conserved protein that acts as an evolvability factor, increasing mutation and the ability of bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

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Nels – Science/nature illustrator/artist Rachel Ignotofsky (website, Etsy shop)
VincentLife Ascending by Nick Lane

 

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The Tangled TreeDavid Quammen joins Nels and Vincent to talk about his new book, A Tangled Tree, including evolutionary trees, Carl Woese, Lynn Margulis, horizontal gene transfer, and much more.

Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: David Quammen

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

Listener Picks

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 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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