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TWiEVO 37: A tangled tree on the Quammens

11/17/2018
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David 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 Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiEVO TWiV 408, Boston QuammensGilroy Gardens Music on TWiEVO is performed by Trampled by Turtles Send your evolution questions and comments to twievo@microbe.tv

Duration:01:31:01

TWiEVO 36: All's not quiet on the telomeric front

10/24/2018
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Mia joins Nels and Vincent to unravel their finding that the transposons that maintain the ends of chromosomes in Drosophilahave evolved in conflict with the genome. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Guest: Mia Levine Subscribe (free): iTunes, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiEVO Levine Lab at U Pennwithout telomeraseLetters read Science Picks Nels - Cinema Science podcast Vincent - Mastodon bones unearthed (Instagram, Grand Rapids News) Music on TWiEVO is...

Duration:01:15:05

TWiEVO 35: Strawberry sex chromosomes forever

9/21/2018
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Nels 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 Become a patron of TWiEVO Jumping sex genesRed Queen by Matt Ridley Image creditLetters read Science Picks Nels - New snailfish and Cloned crayfish Vincent - A PhD Lab Coat Ceremony Listener Picks Steve - Diversity in simple blobs Justin - On Growth and Forms by D'Arcy...

Duration:01:36:09

TWiEVO 34: You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s PON

8/16/2018
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Nels 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 Become a patron of TWiEVO Ancient lossesBig Yellow TaxiImage creditLetters read 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 Nels - New dinosaur discovered in Utah Vincent -The...

Duration:01:22:25

TWiEVO 33: Fly by virus

7/24/2018
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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 Become a patron of TWiEVO Virus in fungus in flyTWiV 443Benzer Lecturefungal fly pathogenE. muscae genomenew iflavirus Science Picks Nels - Mindsuckers; getting photos; Anand Varma photos Vincent - Happy Birthday Gregor Mendel Music on TWiEVO is performed by Trampled by Turtles Send your evolution questions and comments...

Duration:01:20:07

TWiEVO 32: Never not neutral

6/19/2018
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Matt 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 Become a patron of TWiEVO Hahn LabMolecular Population GeneticsNeutral theoryFallacySplendor and miseryImage creditLetters read Science Picks Nels - Inaugural Transposon Day Vincent - How many human genes? Listener Pick Anne- Plants repeatedly lose ability to obtain nitrogen Music on TWiEVO is performed by...

Duration:01:19:09

TWiEVO 31: Virus archaeology, or when the human genome is the junk

5/19/2018
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Nels and Vincent present ancient hepatitis B virus genome sequences from Bronze Age to Medieval period human remains. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Become a patron of TWiEVO hepatitis B virus genomesancient HBV genomesImage creditLetters read Science Picks Nels - Sampling whale breathwith drones (Preprint) Vincent - Verge Science Music on TWiEVO is performed by Trampled by Turtles Send your evolution questions and comments to twievo@microbe.tv

Duration:01:21:21

TWiEVO 30: Driving Miss Maize-y

4/21/2018
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Nels and Vincent reveal how a motor protein in corn causes preferential transmission of chromosomes to egg cells, leading to non-Mendelian inheritance. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Become a patron of TWiEVO Molecular Evolution and the CellSelfishDawe LabImage creditLetters read Science Picks Nels - Craypot stinkhorn mushroom (Colus pusilus) Vincent -Doubts raised over plan to release herpesvirus to wipe out carp Music on TWiEVO is performed by Trampled by Turtles Send...

Duration:01:15:05

TWiEVO 29: Evolution on the wing

3/21/2018
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Nels and Vincent discuss the evolution of blood feeding to nonbiting in a mosquito, and evolution of bacterial virulence in the house finch caused by incomplete host immunity. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Become a patron of TWiEVO Molecular Evolution and the Cellblood feeding to nonbitingnot a free lunchevolution of virulenceImage creditLetters read Science Picks Nels - IDEA and Impossible Foods Vincent - it is NOT junk Music on TWiEVO is performed by Trampled by...

Duration:01:42:21

TWiEVO 28: Genetics of skin pigmentation in Africa

2/27/2018
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Sarah Tishkoff joins Nels and Vincent to explain work from her laboratory on the genetic basis of skin pigmentation in Africans. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Guest: Sarah Tishkoff Become a patron of TWiEVO Molecular Evolution and the CellAMA on Redditskin pigmentationImage credit Science Picks Nels - In Defense of Plants (Shrew Loo) Vincent - Contribution of NIH funding to new drug approvals Music on TWiEVO is performed by Trampled by Turtles Send your evolution...

Duration:01:19:35

TWiEVO 27: Coldevo

1/13/2018
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Taking a cue from the recent frigid weather, Nels and Vincent explore how modifications of a neuronal cold-sensing channel regulate diminished cold sensitivity in hibernating mammals. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Become a patron of TWiEVO don't mind the coldImage creditLetters read Science Picks Nels - Undergrad podcasters from Stonehill College Vincent - Viruses at Target Music on TWiEVO is performed by Trampled by Turtles Send your evolution questions and comments to...

Duration:01:18:23

TWiEVO 26: My Scientist Vinny

12/7/2017
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Vinny Lynch joins Nels and Vincent to discuss how a zombie gene in elephants protects these large, long lived animals from cancer. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Guest: Vinny Lynch Become a patron of TWiEVO Lynch Labinduces apoptosisImage credit Science Picks Nels - Animalism Vincent - Voyager I fires up thrusters after 37 years Vinny - Rollin' Wild Music on TWiEVO is performed by Trampled by Turtles Send your evolution questions and comments to twievo@microbe.tv

Duration:01:13:33

TWiEVO 25: Pigeons show the way

11/22/2017
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Nels and Vincent discuss a genomic analysis of the passenger pigeon, which shows that species with large and stable populations may be at risk of extinction after a sudden environmental change. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Become a patron of TWiEVO genomic diversityImage creditLetters read Science Picks Nels - Video of nematophagous fungi Vincent - How should novelty be valued in science? John - Evo-Devo (Despacito Biology Parody) Melanie - What's in John's Freezer Music...

Duration:01:38:23

TWiEVO 24: Good viruses visiting bad neighborhoods

10/26/2017
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Marco Vignuzzi joins Nels and Vincent to discuss recent work from his laboratory on redirecting RNA virus evolution in sequence space. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Guest: Marco Vignuzzi Become a patron of TWiEVO Vignuzzi LaboratoryRedirecting evolution of RNA viruses in sequence spacequasispecies concept This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron is the #1 fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service in the country. Get $30 off your first order and free...

Duration:01:33:57

TWiEVO 23: The Alus are going to be alright

9/20/2017
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Nels and Vincent reveal how the protein DHX9 suppresses RNA processing defects caused by invasion of the Alu retroelement into the human genome. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Become a patron of TWiEVO Alu defectsAsifa Akhtar This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron is the #1 fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service in the country. See what’s on the menu this week and get your first 3 meals free with your first purchase – WITH FREE SHIPPING – by going to...

Duration:01:14:39

TWiEVO 22: E pluribus cerevisiae

8/30/2017
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Maitreya Dunham joins Nels and Vincent to explain how her laboratory uses experimental evolution to study yeast flocculation, the community-building cell aggregation trait. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Guest: Maitreya Dunham Become a patron of TWiEVO Dunham LaboratoryAdaptive Routessticky situationCoursebiofilm formationPlate RaceImage credit This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron is the #1 fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service in the country. See...

Duration:01:21:29

TWiEVO 21: A virus with a green thumb

7/12/2017
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Rich Condit joins Nels and Vincent to explain how a vaccinia virus protein customizes ribosomes to favor the translation of viral mRNAs with a stretch of A residues in the 5'-untranslated region. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Become a patron of TWiEVO Rich ConditmimicryRACK1Image creditLetters read This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron is the #1 fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service in the country. See what’s on the menu this week and get your first 3...

Duration:01:45:27

TWiEVO 20: In the company of cnidarians

6/19/2017
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Nels and Vincent explore the role of TSR proteins during colonization of cnidarians by dinoflagellates. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Become a patron of TWiEVO cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosisA. elegantissimaimage creditLetters read Science Picks Nels - CRISPR 5 ways Vincent - The Vital Question by Nick Lane Music on TWiEVO is performed by Trampled by Turtles Send your evolution questions and comments to twievo@microbe.tv

Duration:01:42:33

TWiEVO 19: The beauty of the story

5/24/2017
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Jonathan Weiner, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beak of the Finch, joins Nels and Vincent to talk about his career and his writing. Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Guest: Jonathan Weiner Become a patron of TWiEVO Columbia University pageauthor page Science Picks Nels - The Gap by Ira Glass Vincent - EPA removes climate science site Music on TWiEVO is performed by Trampled by Turtles Send your evolution questions and comments to twievo@microbe.tv

Duration:01:24:07

TWiEVO 18: Raiders of the lost orco

4/10/2017
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Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello Guests: Ni-Chen 'Sylvia' Chang, Waring 'Buck' Trible, and Sean K. McKenzie Buck and Sean join Vincent in New York, while Sylvia is with Nels in Salt Lake City to discuss the first mutant ant ever made: disruption of orco, a gene required for function of odorant receptors, show defects in social behavior and fitness. Become a patron of TWiEVO First ant mutantsKronauer Lab This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron is the #1 fresh...

Duration:01:32:41