Videos about my work
I made several short video’s about my work. See this album on Vimeo.
Evolutionary rescue and soft sweeps
A drawn animation movie! When I was a kid I wanted to work for Disney, so this is a dream come (a little bit) true!
The paper is here.
How HIV treatments affect selective sweeps
Drug resistance and population genetics
This is one of five short videos about drug resistance and population genetics in TB, HIV, Influenza, MRSA and Malaria. The paper is published in Molecular Ecology. You can also download it here: 2015Wilson_et_al-Molecular_Ecology.
Drug compartments and the evolution of multi-drug resistance
The video is an abstract for this paper: Stefany Moreno-Gamez, Alison L Hill, Daniel I.S. Rosenbloom, Dmitri A. Petrov, Martin A Nowak, Pleuni Pennings 2015. Imperfect drug penetration leads to spatial monotherapy and rapid evolution of multi-drug resistance. PNAS.
Selective sweeps in HIV
The video is an abstract for this paper: Pennings PS, Kryazhimskiy S, Wakeley J (2014) Loss and Recovery of Genetic Diversity in Adapting Populations of HIV. PLoS Genet 10(1): e1004000. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004000
The data are on Figshare: figshare.com/articles/LossAndRecoveryHIV/703928
Transmitted drug resistance (short!)
How to keep HIV from evolving
Why ants kill
The paper is here.
Standing genetic variation in HIV
This video is an abstract of my 2012 paper in PLoS Computational Biology. It can be downloaded here.
Watch out for the slavemaker queens!
This video tells the story of an experiment that turned out very different from what we expected. It led to a paper in Biology Letters. The paper can be downloaded here.
Evolution of life project
From 2009 till 2012 I was involved in the “Evolution of Life” Film Project. In this project Filmmakers and scientists came together to create short videos (5-10 minutes) for the web on evolution. We created seven such video’s. I was responsible for 4 of the videos (numbers 1 to 4 below), and together with Yannick Mahé, I was responsible for the entire project. The home page of the project (which contains more than just the movies) is www.evolution-of-life.com.
1. Evolution before our eyes
Professor Santiago Elena from Valencia wants to find out what it takes to make a tobacco virus capable of infecting another plant. The movie shows evolution, happening before our eyes!
2. An evolutionary arms race
Did you know that beetles can read ant trails and snails smell like ant pupae?
3. The case of the shrinking cod
Why are cod no longer as large as they were 100 years ago? Scientists try to find out whether evolution plays a role.
4. Good Milk / Bad Milk
In some regions of the world, people like to drink milk. Can evolutionary biologists tell us why?
5. Darwin on the evolution trail
Curious by nature, Charles Darwin embarks on a voyage around the world as naturalist aboard the Beagle. Follow in his footsteps…
6. O as Origin
Piccolina, the little water molecule, recounts the exciting story of the formation of our planet earth and the emergence of life.
7. Mutations – selection: the bacteria resist
A young medical assistant is giving a nice presentation about the principles of evolution: mutations, selection and differential reproduction. Evolution goes on!
Teaching materials, funding & prizes
Other parts of the project, such as the teaching materials and the simulations are still being developed. Have a look! http://www.evolution-of-life.com/
The project is sponsored by a grant of the VolkswagenFoundation.
The project won the prize for best European collaboration at the MEDEA Awards 2010. The MEDEA Awards competition is all about recognising, encouraging and rewarding excellence and creativity in media in education. The Medea organization made a short documentary about our project, based on an interview with Yannick. It can be seen on YouTube.
What the judges said about the Evolution-of-life project
“… an excellent media application that appeals to almost all age groups or education levels …
… high pedagogic quality, with images, animation, witnesses, real video and graphs all being used in a relevant and appropriate manner, … very good balance between seriousness and lightness …
… very simple and user-friendly navigation … good use of subtitling and accompanying text materials, … good animation, camerawork and editing …
In general terms, the panel found this to be an excellent entry that is extremely well designed and put together with sound pedagogical design and excellent media quality.“