Muffed fairy swallowHosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Mike Shapiro

Mike joins Nels and Vincent to talk about his work on what controls whether pigeons have scaly or feathered feet, and reveals that the hindlimbs of domestic birds with feathery feet are more like wings at the molecular level.

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Mike – Pigeon exhibit, Natural History Museum of Utah; Pigeonetics (App store); Darwin’s Pigeons
Nels – 
National Parasite Collection
Vincent – The Story Collider

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Dennis-ray mimicry ringHosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Nels and Vincent continue with an emerging sub-theme of TWiEVO – organisms with wings – as they reveal how enhancer shuffling produces diverse butterfly wing patterns.

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Nels – Hill Country Science Mill
Vincent – The Butterfly Conservatory

Listener Pick

StephenDarwin Legacy

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straw colored batHosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Kartik Chandran and Sara Sawyer

Sara and Kartik join Nels and Vincent to talk about how the filovirus receptor NPC1 regulates Ebolavirus susceptibility in bats.

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Nels – Sundance Film Festival and Meru
Vincent – Quanta podcast (iTunes)
Sara – Isolation of Marburg viruses from fruit bats

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Studio TwiEVO

Maryska Kaczmarek (a first author on the ELife paper), Nick Meyerson (rock god and science god), and Sara Sawyer

 

Esther, Kartik, and Melinda

Esther Ndungo and Melinda Ng (co-first authors on eLife paper) and Kartik Chandran.

Nitin PhadnisHosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Nitin Phadnis

Nitin joins Nels and Vincent to explain how he identified a gene that is responsible for male inviability in hybrids from a cross between two species of fruit flies.

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Nels – Watercolor of Darwin and crew
Vincent – SpaceX rocket landing (Verge and ArsTechnica)
Nitin120th anniversary of Roentgen’s first X-ray

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Taeniopygia guttataHosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Nels and Vincent discuss the evolution of recombination in the genomes of birds and yeast.

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Nels – Tardigrade horizontal gene transfer (The Atlantic article)
Vincent – Einstein’s theory of relativity changed everything

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HIV infected cellHosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Nels and Vincent talk about how a cellular enzyme contributes to the very high mutation rate of human immunodeficiency virus type 1.

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Nels – Antelope Island State Park (Bison herders wanted)
Vincent – Processed meats cause cancer

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TWiEVO 001Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello

Nels and Vincent launch a new podcast on evolution, and start by discussing how the field has changed through recent mergers of evolutionary and experimental biology in the post-genome era.

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Nels – Your inner fish (video stream, Shubin website)
Vincent – Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov

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