This Week in Parasitism
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.

Vincent and Dick talk about the anatomy and life cycle of beef and pork tapeworms, and why House was wrong about neurocysticercosis.

Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Links for this episode:

  • Taenia saginata life cycle (jpg)
  • Taenia saginata adult (jpg)
  • Taenia saginata scolex (jpg)
  • Taenia saginata gravid proglottid (jpg)
  • Taenia solium life cycle (jpg)
  • Taenia solium adult (jpg)
  • Taenia solium scolex (jpg)
  • Facial cancer in Tasmanian devils (thanks PhogDog!)

Science Picks

Dickson Peace through vaccine diplomacy by Peter Hotez
Vincent Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer

Direct download: TWiP006.mp3
Category:Science -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

Vincent and Dick discuss the nurse cell, a unique structure formed in the host muscle by Trichinella species.

Host links: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Links for this episode:

Weekly Science Picks

Dickson Every Living Thing by Rob Dunn

Direct download: TWiP005.mp3
Category:Science -- posted at: 7:30pm PDT

1