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Björn writes: (first letter to TWiP)

Hi Dick and Vincent,

My name is Björn. I am a biochemist and PhD student working on trypanosomes here in Germany. I am a long time listener of your twiv podcast and just listened to the first twip show. What a great podcast!

I email you to express my gratitude for your weekly commitments and especially I wanted to praise twip - I think the constant stream of questions from Vincent enabled Dick to focus and bring your intended messages home.

Thanks for all your efforts,



Etienne wrote:

Great first episode, but once a month doesn't seem enough. Maybe every 2 weeks?


Hussein wrote:

A very promising 1st episode. Thanks very much. Looking forward for more episodes and hope it becomes more frequent.


Marc wrote: (Pelletier of Futures in Biotech, twit.tv/fib):

Great job on TWIP. Despommier's story was great. Your audio was excellent too.

There should be a history of science podcast out there. Would  be a lot of fun.


Sophie writes:

Hey Dick and Vincent

First of all I want to say that you guys do a great job and I got very excited when I heard you also wanted to make a podcast about parasites. You guys are great and I learn so much from both podcasts.

I'm studying biotechnology 3-semester at the Technical University of Denmark, but I'm planning to go into immunological bioinformatics, so I can also use it for my studies:)

I have a question about the size of parasite genomes, I am reading the newest edition of the "Brock Molecular Biology of Microorganisms" you guys mentioned in the last TWIP, and I'm afraid I got a bit confused (at page 354, chapter 13) it states that "Apart from the strange case of Trichomonas, parasitic eukaryotic microorganisms have genomes containing 10-30 Mbp...". So when you say that they have larger genomes is it only compared to related organisms or do they have bigger genomes than expected for their complexity? Maybe it is just Trichomonas that has a very big genome, but I would really like you to talk a bit more about it.

Thank you so much


P.S. Sorry about the english, it's my second language.


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