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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 66: A nitrile warhead for Chagas disease

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss reversible inhibitors of cruzipain as new drugs for treating Chagas disease.

Download TWiP #66 (74 MB .mp3, 103 minutes).

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TWiP 65: The real world wide web

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson consider the effects of climate change on parasitic diseases.

Download TWiP #65 (60 MB .mp3, 83 minutes).

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Dickson's Pick

Neglected by Shelly Xie (YouTube)

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TWiP 64: Three new ways to prevent malaria

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson review three novel approaches to antimalarial chemotherapy.

Download TWiP #64 (70 MB .mp3, 97 minutes).

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TWiP 63: Plasmodium of the apes

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss evidence that the malaria parasite originated in gorillas.

Download TWiP #63 (70 MB .mp3, 97 minutes).

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TWiP 62: More bats out of hell

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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).

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TWiP 61: Some creep crept into the crypt and crapped

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson review examples of paleoparasitology, the detection of parasites in archaeological material.

Download TWiP #61 (54 MB .mp3, 75 minutes).

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TWiP 60: Urine a game of cat and mouse

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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).

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Listener Pick

Blaine - The Worm Within

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TWiP 59: Apicomplexity

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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).

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TWiP 58: People, parasites, and plowshares

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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).

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TWiP 57: An outbreak of cyclosporiasis

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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).

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