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This Week in Parasitism

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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.

 

TWiP 40: Doctor, there's a worm in my eye!

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss loaiasis caused by the filarial nematode Loa loa.

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TWiP 39: I encyst, said the amoeba

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson review the biology and pathogenesis of the amoebae Naegleria fowlerii and Acanthamoeba castellani.

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TWiP 38: How to Trichomonas

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson tackle the backlog of listener email, then consider the life cycle and pathogenesis of Trichomonas vaginalis, the flagellated protozoan transmitted by sexual contact.

Right-click to download TWiP #38 (53 MB .mp3, 74 minutes).

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TWiP 37: Dracunculiasis

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss the life cycle and pathogenesis of Dracunculus medinensis, the filarial nematode that causes dracunculiasis, or Guinea worm disease.

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TWiP 36: Trichuris and microbes plan a hatch

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson review how gut bacteria help establish T. muris in the large intestine of mice.

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TWiP 35: Malaria control with David Fidock

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss control of malaria with their Columbia University colleague David Fidock.

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TWiP 34: Up against the Wolbachia

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss control of malaria and filariasis with the bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia.

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TWiP 33: Hide and seek

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson review an in silico pipeline for identifying molecular mimicry candidate proteins in the genomes of parasites, and catch up on listener email.

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TWiP 32: Evasive trypanosomes and schistosomes

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss immune evasion by the cruzain protease of T. cruzi, and novel tetraspanin antigens of S. japonicum.

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TWiP 31 - A malaria vaccine

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss the promising results of a phase III trial of a malaria vaccine in African children.

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