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Fri, 31st Jan 2014

eLife Episode 8: Rats won't rat on rats

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In this episode of the eLife podcast we discuss ants, rats, sharks and rays, and the pathogen that causes corn smut in maize.

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  • 00:41 - Lost at sea

    Over half of all shark and ray species are “threatened or near threatened” according to new estimates

  • 06:15 - Why rats don’t rat on other rats

    A rat will help another rat if it is familiar with that type of rat, even if it has not met the actual rat before.

  • 11:39 - HIV Complex problem solved

    Researchers have worked out the structure of a protein complex that is involved in the destruction of T helper cells by HIV.

  • 16:54 - Into the maize

    The pathogen that causes corn smut in maize employs a sophisticated strategy to increase its virulence.

  • 22:21 - Evolution at work in ants

    The body shapes of queen ants and worker ants have evolved in different ways to reflect their different roles.



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