Episode 24 - The Devil Went Down to... awww, C'mon Matt

Path of Devil Facial Tumor Disease. Figure 1 from doi:10.1038/ncomms12684

Path of Devil Facial Tumor Disease. Figure 1 from doi:10.1038/ncomms12684

Audiommunity loves Tasmanian devils, so we bite the shit out of them... In this episode, we're talking about a contagious tumor that couldn't happen to a nicer species. No seriously, it really couldn't. Tasmanian devils bite each other on the face to say hello. WTF devils?

And we answer audience e-mail that's been in the inbox for months! I know, I know... we're going to record more frequently going forward - honest!

Links

Paper: Rapid evolutionary response to a transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils

Gross pictures of devil tumor facial disease

Episode 23 - If At First You Don't Succeed

This week - Evidence that viruses drive the evolution of their hosts - who would have guessed? Matt struggles to remember how evolution works, and Kate and Kevin yell past each other about open peer review.

We initially recorded this episode a month ago, but Kevin messed up his audio settings and his recording was unusable. So sorry as always for the delay, but we hope you enjoy!

Links

Paper (open access): Viruses are a dominant driver of protein adaptation in mammals
SIT'N Listen - A Podcast from Science in the News
Classic McDonald-Kreitman Test (wikipedia)
Kevin's many posts and podcasts about science publication

Kate's Beer (between Bud Light Lime and Mayflower Porter): Pacifico
Kevin's beer (once again): Grey Lady

Episode 22 - So, a B-cell walks into a germinal center...

One of many beautiful microscopy figures from this week's paper.

One of many beautiful microscopy figures from this week's paper.

In this episode, Matt and Kevin give in to aesthetics. This paper's just really pretty.

Also, it overturns some pretty entrenched immunology dogma and does it using fancy new technology. B-cells, germinal centers and brainbow confetti. 

Links

The paper: Visualizing antibody affinity maturation in germinal centers
The Brainbow
Matt's Beer: Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner

Episode 21 - Allergies Suck Less than Cancer

Kiwi's are delicious, but sacrificing their consumption to treat your cancer is probably a worthy trade-off. Image from Flickr user eldholm. Click for source

Kiwi's are delicious, but sacrificing their consumption to treat your cancer is probably a worthy trade-off. Image from Flickr user eldholm. Click for source

This week, a guy gets a kiwi allergy from a bone marrow transplant from his sister, Matt envisions a magic mouse, and Kate peaces out after 20 min. Meanwhile, Kevin continues to be the only one drinking... that schtick may not last much longer.


Episode 20 - Bacteriophiles with Jesse Noar

Something a bit different this episiode. Last month, we joined Jesse Noar, host of the excellent Bacteriophiles podcast to record an episode about oncolytic viruses (viruses that blow up cancer cells). We hope you enjoy it, then head on over to microbe world and subscribe to Jesse's podcast. 

Links
Paper: Myxoma virus suppresses proliferation of activated T lymphocytes yet permits oncolytic virus transfer to cancer cells