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

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TWiP 39: I encyst, said the amoeba

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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

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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.

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TWiP 37: Dracunculiasis

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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

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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

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

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TWiP 34: Up against the Wolbachia

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

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