Nels and Vincent discuss how behavioural individuality determines infection risk in clonal ant colonies.

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NelsFungi (lichens) in Space
VincentPolar bear energetic and behavioral strategies on land with implications for surviving the ice-free period

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Nels and Vincent review a study of the key processes required for the different stages of fungal carnivory by a nematode-trapping fungus.

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NelsOpenly available illustrations as tools to describe eukaryotic microbial diversity
VincentDana-Farber retractions: meet the blogger who spotted problems in dozens of cancer papers

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Nels and Vincent discuss the origins of two modern day agriculturally important plants: a role for two different wild teosintes in making modern maize, and the origin and evolution of the triploid cultivated banana genome.

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NelsWhy we need an academic career path that combines science and art – Nature Careers Podcast
Vincent – Science’s 2023 Breakthrough and Breakdown

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Nels and Vincent discuss how the rewetting of seasonally dried soils, a critical event in Mediterranean grasslands that reactivates dormant soil microorganisms, leading to pulses of carbon and nitrogen mineralization, and is accompanied by a bloom of viral diversity, followed by extensive viral community turnover.

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•Viral but not bacterial community turnover after rewetting dry soils (Nat Ecol Evol) 6:19

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Vincent – Cancer Virus Hunters: A History of Tumor Virology

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RyanBirds in North American will be renamed

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Nels and Vincent take apart an amazing symbiosis consisting of two bacteria, one bacteriophage, and seven different genomes all within a single-celled alga.

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•A single crowded cryptomonad cell (Curr Biol) 9:01
Letters read on TWiEVO 94 7:40

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NelsWhat happened at NIH during the last government shutdown
VincentGeneticist J. Craig Venter: ‘I consider retirement tantamount to death’

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Nels and Vincent review a collision of synthetic biology and experimental evolution, using a minimal synthetic bacterial cell with only 473 genes, the smallest genome of any known organism that can be grown in lab culture.

 

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• Evolution of a minimal cell (Nature) 6:10, 20:51

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NelsLife magnified stamp collection

VincentMatters Microbial

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Nels and Vincent explain a study of how interspecies competition between two algae influences evolution of metabolism and size.

 

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Metabolic evolution during competition (Curr Biol) 7:56

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NelsHow amino acids got their names (Source)

VincentEVs Fix One Pollution Problem—And Worsen Another

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Nels and Vincent discuss new findings using phylogenetic approaches about how complex eukaryotic cells emerged from prokaryotic ancestors, which firmly place eukaryotes as a clade nested within the Asgard archaea.

 

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•Heimdallarchaeial ancestry of eukaryotes (Nature) 7:43

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NelsJuneteenth issue of Cell – collection of essays from black and brown scientists

VincentTara Oceans

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Nels and Vincent provide insights into the mystery of mouse mummies on the summits of >6000 m Andean volcanoes, including whether they were living there and if so why?

 

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•Mystery of mouse mummies (bioRxiv) 10:16

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NelsZoonomia
VincentSeaPhages

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Nels and Vincent discuss the observation that cells on a boundary of a solid tumor have higher growth rates compared to those in the center and how to model this difference using genome sequencing data.

 

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•Evolutionary models of solid tumor growth (Nat Ecol Evol) 10:36

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NelsTWiV 1000
VincentThe dream of wiping out polio might need a rethink

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