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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.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 15:56

Paratransgenesis - TWiP 141

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The case of the One Year Old From Kenya With Moving Skin Lesions, and how to make mosquitoes refractory to Plasmodium with engineered symbiotic bacteria.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 14:03

Blasting Blastocystis - TWiP 140

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The case of the Peace Corp Veteran with Eosinophilia, and the genome sequence of the hyper-prevalent parasitic eukaryote Blastocystis.

Sunday, 10 September 2017 18:49

Eggsactly, ova and ova - TWiP 139

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The case of the Woman with a Worm in Her Eye, and the role of nitric oxide in the resistance of rats to Schistosoma japonicum.

The case of the Child from DR with Poppy Seed Sized Things On His Head Hair Shafts, and how the skin parasite landscape determines the infectiousness of Leishmania.

Saturday, 12 August 2017 19:20

An aberrant encounter - TWiP 137

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The case of the Man from India with a Neck Lump, and explore the role of a transmissible dysbiotic skin microbiome in inflammation during cutaneous leishmaniasis.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017 11:02

Daniel throws a softball - TWiP 136

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TWiP solves the case of the Man from Queens with a Blister Burster, and explains the role of inflammatory monocytes during Leishmania infection of the skin.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 09:18

Embryonated eggs of wisdom - TWiP 135

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TWiP solves the case of the Woman from Colorado With Loose Stools, and explains how single-sex infection with female Schistosoma mansoni reduces hepatic fibrosis.

TWiP solves the case of the Haitian Girl Who Failed To Thrive, and visit two studies that address the question of whether infection with Toxoplasma gondii alters human behavior.

Monday, 15 May 2017 09:08

Tape test - TWiP 133

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TWiP solves the case of the Woman With Anal Area Discomfort, and discuss the multiple functions of a clathrin adapter protein in formation of rhoptry and microneme secretory organelles of Toxoplasma gondii.

Monday, 01 May 2017 08:47

Salted crab som tum - TWiP 132

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TWiP solves the case of the Thai Man Coughing Up Blood, and reveal potential therapies for trypanosomiasis that are inhibitors of protein import into glycosomes.