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This Week in Parasitism


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.

Popular episodes

TWiP 200: Parasites without borders

Nov 4 • 01:22:01

The TWiP team solves the case of the Gentleman from New York with Intestinal Issues, and review a 20 year study of butterflies, their associated parasitoid wasp and Wolbachia introduced into an island community....

TWiP 199: Chagas kisses Cruzi and Brucei bites

Oct 12 • 01:07:40

The TWiP team solves the case of the Traveler to Tanzania with a Purple Lesion, and discuss Mosquirix, the first vaccine approved for Plasmodium parasites....

TWiP 198: Cyclospora in the dining room with the salad bar

Sep 14 • 01:15:13

The TWiP quadfecta solves the case of the Traveler With Watery Diarrhea, and reveals that a heat-shock response regulated by a transcription factor protects human malaria parasites from the high temperatures of fever....

TWiP 197: An adventurous eater

Aug 16 • 01:04:13

TWiP solves the case of the Adventurous Eater with Areas of Swelling, and discusses an experimental Trypanosoma vivax vaccine comprising an invariant flagellum antigen....

TWiP 196: Naked eye entomologist

Jul 12 • 56:16

TWiP solves the case of the Homeless Man With Skin Issues, and discusses an experimental mRNA based malaria vaccine....

TWiP 195: Shocking diseases in attractive NY accents

May 31 • 01:21:00

Christina returns to the TWiP trifecta to solve the case of the Beachgoer with Red Lines on Her foot, and an experimental malaria vaccine based on the junctional region of the circumsporozoite protein displayed on a virus-like particle....

TWiP 194: Eye had a corneal scraping

Apr 24 • 01:13:02

TWiP solves the case of the Long Island Man with Unilateral Eye Pain, followed by a discussion of how enteric helminth coinfection enhances host susceptibility to West Nile virus by a tuft cell-IL-4 receptor signaling axis....

TWiP 193: A serpiginous trail

Mar 29 • 01:16:03

Audun returns to help solve the case of the Ecuadorean Gentleman Treated for COVID-19, followed by a discussion of the interaction of Blastocystis with the intestinal microbiota and the immune system, and of course a new clinical case from Daniel....

TWiP 192: Towel off vigorously

Feb 15 • 01:01:20

The TWiPers solve the case of the Teenager in Malawi with Red Urine, then Audun joins to present our clinical case for this episode....

TWiP 191: Dickson's ocular anomaly

Jan 11 • 01:20:07

The TWiPers solve the case of the Rural Man from North Carolina with Blurred Vision, and discuss the results of single-cell RNA sequencing of Schistosoma mansoni....

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