Vincent and Dickson welcome new TWiP host Daniel Griffin to discuss the association of a new Mycoplasma with trichomoniasis, and to introduce a new feature to the show, a case study.
The paratenic hosts reveal a case of scabies in the Traveling Salesman, and discuss a role for natural antibody in protection from infection with Plasmodium.
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This episode: Modern hunter-gatherers have very different gut microbes from people from agricultural societies!
(12.9 MB, 14.1 minutes)
This episode: Gut microbes can be different even in genetically identical mice in similar conditions!
(7.4 MB, 8 minutes)
This episode: With guest host Susan Gardner! We discuss nitrogen-fixing plant-friendly bacteria that help plants grow in copper-contaminated soil, helping to clean it up!
(19.1 MB, 20.9 minutes)
Vincent and Dickson discuss how malaria parasites induce odors in their rodent hosts that attract mosquitoes.
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel review new insight into antigenic variation in trypanosomes, reveal the difficult solution to the last case study, and present another mystery for your solving.
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This episode: Soil bacteria could help prevent food poisoning from bacteria in raw tomatoes!
(9.6 MB, 10.5 minutes)
Vincent and Dickson discuss the spread of P. knowlesi in Malaysia, and how Leishmania parasites protect the sandfly gut from bacterial infection.
This episode: Antibiotic-degrading probiotics protect mouse gut microbes from hostile pathogen takeover after antibiotic treatment!
(7.8 MB, 8.5 minutes)
This episode: Scientists discover what seem to be ultra-small bacteria, possibly smaller than the theoretical minimum size!
(12.3 MB, 13.4 minutes)
This episode: Fungi living in grasses make toxic compounds to defend against herbivores, but some animals can overcome this defense with their saliva!
(5.4 MB, 5.9 minutes)