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MTS55 - Nancy Moran - The Incredible Shrinking Microbe

How many genes can a species lose and still stay alive? It turns out, bacteria can lose just about all of them!

In this podcast, I talk to Nancy Moran of Yale University about her fascinating work on the microbes that live inside insects such as aphids and cicadas. After millions of years, they have become stripped down creatures that are revealing some profound lessons about how superfluous most genes are--at least if you live inside a host

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  1. hello I enjoy these podcasts, when I can download them; some of them seem to download impossibly slowly - this is one of them ; please can you look into this; look forward to listening; thanks, Andrew
  2. Hi Andrew. We have actually just fixed this as of this weekend. Please let me know if you don't see any improvement. You can also try to unsubscribe and resubscribe in iTunes to see if that helps as well. Thanks for the feedback.

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