This Week in Parasitism
About This Show
TWiP is a monthly netcast about eukaryotic parasites. Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin, science Professors from Columbia University, deconstruct parasites, how they cause illness, and present a case study each episode for your solution.
Most Recent Episode
TWiP 134: Does toxoplasma make you sexy?
5 days ago
Daniel and Vincent solve 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. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Daniel Griffin Links for this episode: ASM Grant Writing Online Course Is Toxoplasma infection related to brain and behavior impairments? (PLoS One) Toxoplasma infection and sexual attraction (Evol Psychol) TWiP 21 - The giant intestinal worm, Ascaris lumbricoides Candiru (Wikipedia) Image credit Letters read on TWiP 134 Case Study for TWiP 134 Woman in 30s, coming in Colorado to be seen, reports foul smelling loose stools multiple times each day, cramping and nausea. Started a few weeks ago. No fever, summer, no unusual travel, skiing up in mountains, hiking, backpacking. Originally from NE, moved to Colorado one year before. Often drinks from streams. Treats water with iodine. On overnight trips pack food and cook on stoves. Sticky stools, trouble wiping clean. Yes, my stools do float. Color, not as dark. Well formed. No medical problems, no surgeries, no allergies. Takes no medications. Lives alone in private home. Drinks beer, no other toxic habits. None of her friends report similar problems. Sexually active, does not always use protection. Physical exam: unremarkable. Send your case diagnosis, questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Music by Ronald Jenkees
Rated 5 out of
Clever and Captivating
I am a research scientist that has never taken a parasitology course yet I find myself in a bird parasite research lab. I saw this podcast and started to listen from the 60th or so episode... It was so good that after listening to a couple of episodes from the middle I went back to the beginning and have now listened to 40+ episodes and every single one has kept me wanting to learn more. This duo knows how to effectively teach while making it seem like your listening to someone tell a story around a campfire. Truly a wonderful and informative podcast that is good for anyone to listen.
Date published: 2014-07-09