viruses

Episode 32 - Not an accurate representation of grad school

Figure 2 B from https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1716937115

Figure 2 B from https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1716937115

In this episode, Chadene, Kate and Kevin discuss Kate's recently published paper about how STING, once thought to be involved only in defense against DNA viruses, actually slows RNA virus replication as well. Also, Chadene throws herself under the bus, and Kevin manages to only talk for about 20% of the time. 

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Episode 25 - You're famous if you have a wikipedia page

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OMG, Audiommunity is back! With a... vengeance? That doesn't make any sense. But we're back!

We've got a couple of new hosts - Please give a warm welcome to Chadene Tremaglio and Camilla Engblom! Kate is still holed up in a cave (lab) trying to wrap up her PhD. But she'll soon return... we hope...

Audiommunity is now accepting donations via Patreon. The way it works is that you set up a pledge amount that we'll get each time we release an episode (up to a maximum you set). We'll keep doing this for free, but if you value the podcast, please consider tossing a buck or two our way!

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The "original" alcoholic ginger beer
Thomas Benjamin (Chadene lied... there's no wikipedia page!)
Filtered Fecal Transplant Paper
Evo Devo (Desposito Cover) - Also check out this guy's patreon page, this stuff is great!
 

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!

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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 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. 

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

Episode 18 - More cow... sirens?

Chemical structure of cGAMP - the "A" is on the bottom left, the "G" on the upper right and the "cyclic" part is that linkage in the middle between the sugars and the phosphate groups.

Chemical structure of cGAMP - the "A" is on the bottom left, the "G" on the upper right and the "cyclic" part is that linkage in the middle between the sugars and the phosphate groups.

In this episode, we talk about the innate immune system's Trojan cow strategy - using a cyclic dinucleotide as a signaling molecule means that viruses can package the seeds of their own destruction. 

Meanwhile, Matt and Kate throw Kevin under the bus with regards to alcohol consumption, and Matt expounds on the security threat posed by infectious cattle.