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TWiP 13 Letters

Kevin writes:

I was googling the internet after listening to TWiP 9 where there was a mention of the tongue parasitic isopod. From the looks of this published paper, that is the real deal. http://www.idosi.org/wjfms/wjfms1(2)09/10.pdf

I will never eat sushi again.

Also, for her birthday I got my mom a copy of the book Vincent recommended about Henrietta Lacks, and it was the best gift I've given anyone in years. Thanks! :)

Mitchell writes:

Hello Dr. Despommier,

I am a microbiologist currently working to develop a TB diagnostic device and I must first let you know that I very much love your show. I was somewhat skeptical that I would be as big a fan as I was (am) of TWiV when your first episodes came out, but I really like the distinctly narrative style of your show. The stories and anecdotes are really great and provide a much needed aspect to science communication.

The real reason I am writing, however, is because I get a "Word Spy" email every week about neologisms and your name showed up in the first ever recorded citation of the word "farmscraper". It doesn't say that you coined it, but your name is now forever associated with this. Maybe this is a bigger deal to me than to other people, but I think it's pretty fantastic. Here's the link:


Anyway, I enjoy the show and I also heard and enjoyed your recent interview on Futures in Biotech. You read a lot of emails that say your show should be every week, but I'd like to give my controversial opinion that once or twice a month is perfect. I think it gives you more time to go deeper into the history and the stories, and it allows me to focus on the show. I often don't get to listen to the whole thing at once, and I will often end up with several TWiV episodes piled up. I don't want to feel like your show comes so often that it loses its intensity.

Thanks for the geat podcast. Keep them coming!

Pittsboro, NC

Greg writes:

You've probably seen this but it's an interesting article concerning Toxoplasma and it's possible influence on the personalities of entire nations.


Greg Hampton
Virginia Beach

Jim writes:

Vince and Dick,

The 2 Jul 2010 podcast from AAS Science, at http://www.sciencemag.org/about/podcast.dtl, has a three minute segment (attached) 25 minutes into the podcast that discusses the question, "Do parasites affect intelligence?", but does not make reference to Dr Despommier's comments made in a previous TWIP about the historic impact of hookworms in the Southern US. Does this current work confirm or extend Dr Despommier's hookworm discussion? Listeners can also see the transcript of the podcast and this particular part by going to page eleven of a downloadable PDF file athttp://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/329/5987/97-b/DC1 .

Smithfield, VA


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