In this 79th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary In this 79th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens. In this episode, we again discuss the research showing that SARS-CoV2’s spike protein is sufficient on its own to cause disease. The authors believe that this is good news with regard to the vaccines currently in circulation; they may be right. We discuss the paper, the authors’ clarification. Then: lab leak  hypothesis  continues to gain ground. And: Portland erupts in more violence. The Evergreen State College cannot manage to hire a new president—what are they doing wrong, and what does it suggest about the future of higher ed? Finally, robins and crows face-off.

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Mentioned in this episode:
 
Lei et al 2021. SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Impairs Endothelial Function via Downregulation of ACE 2. Circulation Research 128(9): 1323–1326. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.121.318902
 
Salk Institute news release, modified since May 1: https://www.salk.edu/news-release/the-novel-coronavirus-spike-protein-plays-additional-key-role-in-illness/
 
Blog post on Science Translational Medicine by Derek Lowe on Spike Protein Behavior: https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2021/05/04/spike-protein-behavior
 
Video interview with Uri Manor, one of the authors on the Lei et al 2021 paper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uydsf51Lzv8
 
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