186 episodes

TWiP is a monthly netcast about eukaryotic parasites. Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier, science Professors from Columbia University, deconstruct parasites, how they cause illness, and how you can prevent infections.

This Week in Parasitism American Society for Microbiology

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    • 4.9, 38 Ratings

TWiP is a monthly netcast about eukaryotic parasites. Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier, science Professors from Columbia University, deconstruct parasites, how they cause illness, and how you can prevent infections.

    Not rationing rationality

    Not rationing rationality

    Dickson, Daniel and Vincent solve the case of the Elder Gardener Feeling Poorly, and discuss the three-dimensional ultrastructure of Plasmodium falciparum during cytokinesis.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Latrinalia

    Latrinalia

    Dickson, Daniel and Vincent solve the case of the Wife of a Guy with Cyclospora Diarrhea, and discuss the discovery of an intrinsic oscillator that drives the bloodstream stage cycle of the malaria parasite.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The hunter gets captured by the game

    The hunter gets captured by the game

    Dickson, Daniel and Vincent solve the case of the Safari Goer With Watery Diarrhea, and explain how a microsporidian endosymbiont of Anopheles mosquitoes might impair the transmission of malaria.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    When they dry they die

    When they dry they die

    Dickson, Daniel and Vincent solve the case of the Female with Itchy Anus, and reveal the structure of a roundworm membrane protein involved in digestion of nutrients.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Super spreaders of science

    Super spreaders of science

    Dickson, Daniel and Vincent solve the case of the Ugandan Volunteer With Morning Bites and discuss integration of HIV-1 into the Schistosome genome, with a sprinkling of COVID-19 throughout.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Daniel's drive-through

    Daniel's drive-through

    Dickson, Daniel and Vincent solve the case of the Two Volunteers With Watery Diarrhea, discuss diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 in the New York area, and reveal an approach to preventing honeybee colony collapse by imbuing their gut bacteria with the ability to produce antiviral and antiparasite double-stranded RNAs.

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

benofosiris ,

My favourite podcast on iTunes

TWIP was recommended to me by a postdoc in our group early in the first few weeks of my PhD studies. After a year or so of listening I am nearly caught up and very much looking forward to writing in with a guess to one of Daniel’s clinical cases.
In my opinion, you would be hard pressed to find a better podcast anywhere on the internet - although as a parasitologist myself I might be slightly biased.
Keep up the great work guys!

Stout1989 ,

Amazing podcast about parasitism

Currently revising for my diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene (DTM&H) and a friend recommended this... great way to break up the commute to and from work, really interesting cases that make you think about approach to parasitic diseases. Can’t recommend it enough!!

AppSupApp ,

great podcast

a lot interesting information to get you interested even if you don't work in science full-time

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