Infective Heredity

9/21/2018, 3:00:00 AM , duration(0:0:1)
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<p>Today, a fast moving, sidestepping, gene-swapping free-for-all that would’ve made Darwin’s head spin.</p> <p>David Quammen tells us about a shocking way that life can evolve - infective heredity. To figure it all out we go back to the earliest versions of life, and we revisit an earlier version of Radiolab. After reckoning with a scientific icon, we find ourselves in a tangle of genes that sheds new light on peppered moths, drug-resistant bugs, and a key moment in the evolution of life when mammals went a little viral.</p> <p>Check out David Quammen's book <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Tangled-Tree-Radical-History-Life/dp/1476776628">The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life</a> </p> <p><em>This episode was produced by Soren Wheeler. </em></p> <p><em>Support Radiolab today at <a href="https://pledge3.wnyc.org/donate/radiolab-it/onestep/?utm_source=podcast&amp;utm_medium=notes&amp;utm_campaign=membership&amp;utm_content=radiolab" target="_blank">Radiolab.org/donate</a>. </em></p>