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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 18: Cryptosporidium

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Vincent and Dickson discuss the intracellular parasite Cryptosporidium, which causes diarrheal disease in most mammalian species.

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Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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      TWiP 17: Entamoeba histolytica

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      Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of protozoan parasites that cause diarrhea with a review of amebic dysentery caused by Entamoeba histolytica.

      Download TWiP #17 (55 MB .mp3, 76 minutes)

      Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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          TWiP 16: Giardia

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          Vincent and Dickson review the life cycle and pathogenesis of the flagellated protozoan parasite Giardia lamblia.

          Download TWiP #16 (57 MB .mp3, 79 minutes)

          Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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              TWiP 15: Tryp the light fantastic

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              Vincent and Dickson discuss the life cycle and pathogenesis of the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma.

              Download TWiP #15 (60 MB .mp3, 87 minutes)

              Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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              TWiP 14: Leishmania

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              Vincent and Dickson consider the life cycle and pathogenesis of the protozoan parasite Leishmania.

              Download TWiP #14 (61 MB .mp3, 85 minutes)

              Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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            • L. braziliensis life cycle (jpg)
            • L. donovani life cycle (jpg)
            • L. tropica life cycle (jpg)
            • L. major lesion (jpg)
            • Transgenic mosquito delivers Leishmania vaccine (thanks, Geoffrey)
            • Plasmodium falciparum accompanied human expansion out of Africa (thanks, Prasad)
            • Who speaks for the guinea worm? (thanks, Michael)
            • Letters read on TWiP 14
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              TWiP 13: Toxoplasmosis

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              Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of the obligate intracellular protozoan Toxoplasma gondii with a consideration of the clinical consequences of infection and pathogenesis.

              Download TWiP #13 (61 MB .mp3, 84 minutes)

              Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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            • Isopod fish parasites (thanks, Kevin!)
            • Farmscraper on Word Spy (thanks, Mitchell!)
            • Toxoplasma and personalities (thanks, Greg!)
            • Science podcast (July 2) on parasites and intelligence (transcript - thanks, Jim!)
            • Letters read on TWiP 13
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              TWiP 12: Toxoplasma gondii

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              Vincent and Dickson introduce the obligate intracellular protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, one of the most successful parasites on earth.

              Download TWiP #12 (70 MB .mp3, 98 minutes)

              Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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            • Global clinical burden of malaria (PLoS Medicine)
            • T. gondii sporulated oocysts (jpg)
            • T. gondii tachyzoites in parasitophorous vacuole (jpg)
            • T. gondii life cycle (jpg)
            • Insect bioterrorism conference (thanks, Don!)
            • Parasite of the Day (thanks, Douglas!)
            • World Science Festival
            • Letters read on TWiP 12
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              TWiP 11: One times three million

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              Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of malaria, with emphasis on clinical aspects of the disease.

              Download TWiP #11 (63 MB .mp3, 87 minutes)

              Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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            • The quest for a malaria vaccine (Meet the Scientist 49)
            • Science issue on malaria and tuberculosis
            • Malaria pathogenesis (pdf)
            • Malaria pathogenesis (jpg)
            • Letters read on TWiP 11
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              TWiP 10: Plasmodium life cycle

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              Vincent and Dickson trace the life cycle of Plasmodium in a mosquito and in a human host.

              Download TWiP #10 (62 MB .mp3, 86 minutes)

              Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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              • Mosquito cycle - sporogany (jpg)
              • Plasmodium falciparum cycle (jpg)
              • Plasmodium vivax cycle (jpg)
              • Plasmodium falciparum ring forms and gametocytes in blood (jpg)
              • Plasmodium stages (jpg)
              • Letters read on TWiP 10

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              TWiP 9: Mala aria

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              Vincent and Dickson move on to protozoan parasites with a discussion of the early history of malaria.

              Download TWiP #9 (59 MB .mp3, 82 minutes)

              Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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