One of the other science based podcasts I love listening to is an actual radio show in NZ called Our Changing World. This week the final story was on Hookworms and some researchers studying it, looking for a vaccine, and seeing if they could take out the anti inflammatory ability of the Hookworm and turn it into a drug or treatment without the downside of having to be infected by the worm itself. I thought you guys and the listeners would enjoy it and its a short 22 minutes.
You can find a link to the segment here http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld
Or if it has fallen off the front page here are links to the mp3 and ogg versions of it:
And before I forget, insert platitudes on how awesome TWiP is and how it needs to become a daily show here. ;)
One of your emails mentioned larval stage parasites. If you consider placental mammal gestation, I think the embryo and developing offspring in utero fulfils many of the criteria of a parasite. It basically 'plugs-in' and takes everything it needs from the host (mother) until it reaches the next stage.
An intelligent egglaying (oh, say martian...) species may well view this as a hideous form of parasitism.
First off I when I hear your ending song and thought it sounded like Ronald jenkes and just saw it was, I like his stuff.
So I heard on this American life podcast last week a story about a guy who heard about hook worms having an effect on wether a person has asthma or alergies. So he went to Africa and walked around in the poop fields and got the hook worm. When he gets home his alergies are gone. What do you think about that? I have alergies to cats, should I go get some worms? This was also first on a podcast of wnyc's radiolab which I highly recommend.
Tapeworm infections of the brain, which can cause epileptic seizures, appear to be increasing in Mexico and bordering southwestern states, Loyola University Health System researchers report.
I heard that every vertebrate has it's own tapeworm, but what is the human tapeworm? In other words, if a tiger eats a human, what tapeworm does the tiger get?
P.S. Now I want to find some fake gravid proglotids and leave them in my roommates bed.
Saw this piece in The New York Times and remembered Dick talking about the life cycle of the pig tapeworm. -- Gopal Raj, a science journalist in India and a regular listener of both TWiP and TWiV
Global Update: Kenya: Pig Farmers Are Focus of Effort to Stop Spread of Parasite That Causes Epilepsy
By DENISE GRADY
A new program teaches farmers to tether or confine their pigs to keep them away from human waste.
Hey. You talking about fish tapeworm reminded me of another interesting fish parasite: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/tongue-eating-parasite-discovered.php
This fellow eats fish tongue and replaces it.
Keep up the good work
Sky writes:Just listened to the last episode "TWiP 7: Tapeworms are fantastic!", and you know what?