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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.

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.

Monday, 17 April 2017 08:11

Entomophagy - TWiP 131

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Jonathan from the podcast Arthro-Pod joins TWiP to solve the case of the Peruvian Woman With Inguinal Insect Bite, and discuss warm autoimmune hemolytic anemic that develops after babesiosis.

Monday, 03 April 2017 09:38

Paige Turner - TWiP 130

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TWiP solves the case of the Man With AIDS, and explore how secretion of extracellular vesicles influences the social motility of Trypanosoma brucei.

Thursday, 16 March 2017 09:22

Human kindness, river blindness - TWiP 129

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TWiP solves the case of the Australian Wildlife Carer, and review evidence that nodding syndrome may be caused by an autoimmune reaction to the parasitic worm that causes river blindness.

Monday, 06 March 2017 08:47

It’s over 9000! - TWiP 128

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TWiP solves the case of the Man Who Sat in Feces, and discuss a study on how Dickson’s favorite parasite induces the formation of a collagen capsule.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:07

Kava not Cava - TWiP 127

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TWiP solves the case of the Peace Corps Volunteer with a Liver Lesion, and discuss the dependence of Leishmania survival on the gut microbiome of the sandfly.

Monday, 06 February 2017 09:51

A virus walks into a parasite - TWiP 126

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TWiP solves the case of the Peace Corps volunteer with diarrhea, and reveal how immunizing against a virus ameliorates exacerbated leishmaniasis.