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This Week in Parasitism

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This Week in Parasitism (TWiP) is a podcast about eukaryotic parasites started by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier. Daniel Griffin, MD joined the team in January 2015 and added not only his expertise in infectious diseases, but began a new feature of TWiP, the case study. Each week Daniel presents the symptoms and signs of an interesting case that he has investigated during his work, without identifying the infectious agent. Listeners are encouraged to send in their guesses to this weekly infectious disease mystery. We call this new change 'TWiP reboot'.

The TWiP trio strives 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, Dickson and Vincent have directed research laboratories focused on parasites and viruses. 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 69: Malaria rising

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss an increase in the altitude of malaria distribution in warmer years in the highlands of Colombia and Ethiopia.

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TWiP 68: Sex and the single trypanosome

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Dickson Despommier, and Sagi Shapira

Vincent, Dickson, and Sagi discuss evidence that the pathogen Trypanosoma brucei undergoes meiosis and sexual reproduction.

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TWiP 67: They find each other delightful

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Vincent and Dickson explain the genetic and molecular basis of drug resistance in Schistosoma mansonii.

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TWiP 66: A nitrile warhead for Chagas disease

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

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TWiP 65: The real world wide web

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

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Dickson's Pick

Neglected by Shelly Xie (YouTube)

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TWiP 64: Three new ways to prevent malaria

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Vincent and Dickson review three novel approaches to antimalarial chemotherapy.

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TWiP 63: Plasmodium of the apes

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

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TWiP 62: More bats out of hell

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Vincent and Dickson discuss the high diversity of malaria parasites in West African bats, and a vaccine against hookworm.

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TWiP 61: Some creep crept into the crypt and crapped

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

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TWiP 60: Urine a game of cat and mouse

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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.

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Listener Pick

Blaine - The Worm Within

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