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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 49: Making sense of toxo and heme

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson discuss innate immune sensing of Toxoplasma gondii in mice, and heme metabolism in protozoan parasites.

Download TWiP #49 (68 MB .mp3, 94 minutes).

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TWiP 48: A parasitic cloaking device

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier, and Yosef Sabo

Vincent, Dickson, and Yosef discuss tetraspanins on the surface of schistosomes as vaccine candidates and immune evasion proteins.

Download TWiP #48 (48 MB .mp3, 67 minutes).

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TWiP 47: For whom the trich tolls

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson review evidence that a virus of the protozoan parasite Trichomonas vaginalis may exacerbate disease.

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TWiP 46: Malaria gets the (zinc) finger

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Vincent and Dickson meet with Judith Straimer and Marcus Lee to discuss their method for site-specific genome editing in Plasmodium falciparum using zinc finger nucleases.

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TWiP 45: Free range Toxoplasma with John Boothroyd

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Vincent and Dickson discuss Toxoplasma biology with Stanford University Professor John Boothroyd.

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TWiP 44: Parasites provide a cricket subsidy for trout

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Vincent and Dickson explain how a nematode manipulates cricket behavior and alters the food web of a stream.

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TWiP 43: Two remarkable host-parasite conflicts

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson review how sickle cell microRNAs contribute to malaria resistance, and inhibition of innate immune responses by an enzyme from trypanosomes.

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TWiP 42: The tick keeps on ticking

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Vincent and Dickson answer listener emails about Leishmania, dual infection of vectors, tapeworms, liver flukes, toxoplasmosis, and much more.

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TWiP 41: Flying and crawling beasts

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Vincent and Dickson review medically important arthropods.

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

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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

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