The TWiVers discuss the declining readability of scientific texts, and review the use of self-inactivating rabies virus for tracing neural circuits.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler
Guest: Brianne Barker
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Links for this episode
- Meet the Microbiologist
- TWiV 1: West Nile Virus
- Decreasing readability of scientific texts (eLife)
- Measure text readability
- Tracing neural circuits with self-inactivating rabies virus (Cell)
- Cre driver network (NIH)
- Monosynaptic tracing with rabies virus (Neuron)
- Letters read on TWiV 461
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Dickson – Photos by Will Eades
Brianne – Pale Rider by Laura Spinney
Rich – “Supergenes” Drive Evolution
Vincent –Anatomy of a Moral Panic
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The link for Rich’s pick takes me to a subscriber page. Here is the summary page, for people who have institutional access: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6356/1083
It looks like the two main ruff papers are open access: 1) https://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v48/n1/full/ng.3430.html 2) https://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v48/n1/full/ng.3443.html
Supergene inversions do sound intriguing, maybe worth revisiting on TWiEvo.
Great show, as usual. Thanks for reading my long email.