Hi Nels and Vincent,
Firstly, thank you for the excellent and fascinating podcast. I found you via Twiv, and I’ve been listening for a couple of years now. My favourite episode was Twievo 24 with Marco Vignuzzi. I think I listened to it at least four times to try to get an understanding of the quasispecies concept as it relates to RNA viruses.
I also enjoyed the most recent episode about antifreeze proteins in cod. I work in a lab that develops vaccines for farmed fish, and anything fish related always gets my attention.
On that note, I recently came across this fascinating research from Peter Unmack and coworkers on the persistence of so called ‘ghost’ genomes in a population of fish in Australia. These are parasitic haploid genomes of an effectively extinct species that persist in a living population of hybrids. It might even make a nice paper for discussion on the podcast.
Links to the original article and a nice blog post by one of the authors are copied below.
Keep up the great work!
PS. Its a beautiful sunny autumn morning here in Tasmania with a temperature of 13.5 C, but the first frosts are probably not far away.
Hello Nels and Vincent,
This is Ornob from Bangladesh. I had written to you guys earlier asking for advice about PhD applications, and would like to first thank you for your informative and thoughtful answers. I have since applied and gotten into a few programs, and will be starting at NYU this fall. The program and professors at NYU offer a lot in terms of learning computational skills and population genetics, and I am super excited.
Second, I was really excited to come across this new paper on the evolution of the RAG recombinase, and thought it might be cool for a TwiEvo episode. You’ve probably already seen it, but the paper is called “Transposon molecular domestication and the evolution of the RAG recombinase”, and here is a link: