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This Week in Parasitism (TWiP) is a podcast about eukaryotic parasites hosted by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier. Following in the path of their successful podcast 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV), they strive for an informal yet informative conversation about parasites which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.
As science Professors at Columbia University, they have spent their entire academic careers directing research laboratories focused on parasites (Dick) and viruses (Vincent). Their enthusiasm for teaching inspired them to reach beyond the classroom with new media. TWiP is for everyone who wants to learn about parasites in a relaxing way.
Music used on TWiP is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.
Vincent and Dickson discuss evidence that the malaria parasite originated in gorillas.
Download TWiP #63 (70 MB .mp3, 97 minutes).
Vincent and Dickson discuss the high diversity of malaria parasites in West African bats, and a vaccine against hookworm.
Download TWiP #62 (70 MB .mp3, 96 minutes).
Vincent and Dickson review examples of paleoparasitology, the detection of parasites in archaeological material.
Download TWiP #61 (54 MB .mp3, 75 minutes).
Vincent and Dickson discuss how infection with Toxoplasma gondii causes mice to lose their aversion to cat urine, even after the parasites have been cleared.
Download TWiP #60 (51 MB .mp3, 70 minutes).
Blaine - The Worm Within
Vincent and Dickson update the multistate outbreak of cyclosporiasis, discuss the avian malaria parasite P. lophurae, and review protection against malaria by intravenous immunization with a nonreplicating sporozoite vaccine.
Download TWiP #59 (60 MB .mp3, 84 minutes).
Guest: Cali Despommier
Vincent and Dickson update the multistate outbreak of cyclosporiasis, and Dickson reads a chapter from his new book.
Download TWiP #58 (68 MB .mp3, 94 minutes).
Vincent and Dickson review a multistate outbreak of cyclosporiasis caused by the single-celled coccidian parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis.
The day after recording this episode, ProMedMail reported that the outbreak of cyclosporiasis had spread to Texas.
Download TWiP #57 (46 MB .mp3, 77 minutes).
Vincent and Dickson discuss Myxobolus cerebralis, the parasite that causes whirling disease of salmonids.
Download TWiP #56 (67 MB .mp3, 93 minutes).
Amanda - Pandemic: On the Brink
Vincent and Dickson reveal how invasive harlequin ladybirds use biological weapons against their competitors.
Download TWiP #55 (53 MB .mp3, 74 minutes).
An Inordinate Fondess for Beetles by Arthur V. Evans, Charles L. Bellamy
Jessie - Pandemic, the board game
Vincent and Dickson consider a case history of a young man with Blastocystis hominis - is it causing his disease?
Download TWiP #54 (62 MB .mp3, 86 minutes).