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This Week in Parasitism

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.

Thursday, 13 September 2018 15:47

Ant-appetising slime balls - TWiP 158

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The case of the Thai Woman With Red Bumps, and a master manipulator contacts ant brain tissue to control its behavior.

The case of the Woman With Intracellular Ring Forms, and the role of Coxiella and Rickettsia endosymbionts in acquisition of Babesia by ticks.

The case of the Ecuadorian with Immunodeficiency and Chronic Diarrhea. Oral transmission of Chagas disease in mice. 

Monday, 23 July 2018 16:56

Miss Dickson - TWiP 155

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The case of the Gentleman with B cell Lymphoma, and the finding of Dracunculus species in river otters from Arkansas.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 15:28

A louse-y episode - TWiP 154

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The case of the Man in the City with Groin Rash, and a new case, possibly the most complex one yet on the show.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 15:59

Ars longa, vita brevis - TWiP 153

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The case of the Panamanian Farmer with Three Weeks of Diarrhea, and how microbes egested during bites of sand flies exacerbate the severity of leishmaniasis. 

Saturday, 26 May 2018 20:16

A range of rads - TWiP 152

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The case of the Panamanian Mother with Steatorrhea, and new monoclonal antibodies that effectively block malarial infection.

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 19:01

Indiscriminate bulk feeders - TWiP 151

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The case of the Itchy Child from Panama, and competition for blood in human malaria-helminth co-infections.

Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:37

Fast food - TWiP 150

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The case of the Panamanian Man With Leg Ulcer, and how a crab predator preferentially feeds on parasite infected prey – even though the parasite makes them faster!

Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:28

Stranger in a strange land - TWiP 149

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The case of the New Yorker With Rash and Pins and Needles, and how agrochemicals increase risk of human schistosomiasis by causing high snail density.

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