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This Week in Evolution is a podcast on the biology of what makes us tick. Hosts Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello take you through the new evolution that has been revolutionized by the field of genomics and molecular biology.

This Week in Evolution Vincent Racaniello

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    • 4.7 ‚ÄĘ 160 Ratings

This Week in Evolution is a podcast on the biology of what makes us tick. Hosts Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello take you through the new evolution that has been revolutionized by the field of genomics and molecular biology.

    A bacteria, a phage, and a selfish element walk into a cryptomonad

    A bacteria, a phage, and a selfish element walk into a cryptomonad

    Nels and Vincent take apart an amazing symbiosis consisting of two bacteria, one bacteriophage, and seven different genomes all within a single-celled alga.
    Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello
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    ‚ÄĘA single crowded¬†cryptomonad cell¬†(Curr Biol)
    ‚ÄĘLetters read¬†on TWiEVO 94
    Science Picks Nels¬†‚ÄstWhat happened at NIH during the last government shutdown
    Vincent¬†‚ÄstGeneticist J. Craig Venter: ‚ÄėI consider retirement tantamount to death‚Äô
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Faster than a speeding bacteria

    Faster than a speeding bacteria

    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.
    Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello
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    ‚ÄĘ Evolution of a¬†minimal cell¬†(Nature)
    Science Picks Nels¬†‚ÄstLife magnified stamp collection
    Vincent¬†‚ÄstMatters Microbial
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    There's algae in the jar

    There's algae in the jar

    Nels and Vincent explain a study of how interspecies competition between two algae influences evolution of metabolism and size.
    Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello
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    ‚Äʬ†Metabolic evolution¬†during competition (Curr Biol)
    Science Picks Nels¬†‚ÄstHow amino acids got their names¬†(Source)
    Vincent¬†‚ÄstEVs Fix One Pollution Problem‚ÄĒAnd Worsen Another
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Meet your very distant cousins

    Meet your very distant cousins

    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.
    Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent RacanielloS
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    ‚ÄĘHeimdallarchaeial¬†ancestry of eukaryotes¬†(Nature)
    Science Picks Nels¬†‚ÄstJuneteenth issue of Cell ‚Äď collection of essays from black and brown scientists
    Vincent¬†‚ÄstTara Oceans
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    The mystery of the mouse mummies

    The mystery of the mouse mummies

    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?
    Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello
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    ‚ÄĘMystery of mouse mummies (bioRxiv)
    Science Picks Nels ‚Äď Zoonomia
    Vincent ‚Äď SeaPhages
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    On the outer rim of tumor evolution

    On the outer rim of tumor evolution

    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.
    Hosts: Nels Elde and Vincent Racaniello
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    ‚ÄĘEvolutionary models of solid tumor growth (Nat Ecol Evol)
    Science Picks Nels ‚Äď TWiV 1000
    Vincent ‚Äď The dream of wiping out polio might need a rethink
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    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

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So good

Informative and scientifically inspiring. Hosts and guests are excellent.

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Love this show

Great one to learn while pipetting in the lab!

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Listener

I think Vincent should stick to Virology and not politics. I resent his arrogance as he is neither educated in or has any real world work experience in the politics and economics he is so eager to push in his podcast, especially when he is surrounded with others that also have no real experience other than the post modernist thinking of the university. If he wants to bandstand his politics in his podcast, he should have the guts to have Ben Shapiro as a guest He might just end up reevaluating his hubris in light of someone who actually can defend his stance with facts. What do you say Vince???

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