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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.

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.

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 17:41

Weep and sweep - TWiP 148

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The case of the South American Child With Belly Pain, and reveal how B1 cell IgE blocks parasite clearance by inhibiting mast cell activation by B2 cell IgE.

Saturday, 24 February 2018 15:38

The savvy physician tests the tissue - TWiP 147

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The case of the New York Lawyer With A Foot Ulcer, and a survey of rodents for the raccoon roundworm in California.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:48

Thus misspake Despommier - TWiP 146

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The case of the Man With Diarrhea and 100 Micron Objects In Stool, and discuss the reticulocyte receptor for Plasmodium vivax.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:51

Is it excreted or secreted? - TWiP 145

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The case of the Man With Motile Objects, and reveal the secreted and excreted proteins of Giardia parasites.

Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:03

A blood-free snip - TWiP 144

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The case of the Boy With Visual Disturbances and Itching, and identifying secreted and excreted proteins of Trichinella parasites.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 13:51

There’s a lot of worms out there - TWiP 143

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The case of the Woman With Anemia, Eosinophila, and a Worm in Her Intestine, and a study on the function and druggability of two malarial aspartate proteases.

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