This Week in Parasitism (TWiP) is a podcast about eukaryotic parasites hosted by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier. Following in the path of their successful podcast ‘This Week in Virology’ (TWiV), they strive 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, they have spent their entire academic careers directing research laboratories focused on parasites (Dick) and viruses (Vincent). 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.
In the first episode ot TWiP, Dick and Vincent explain what parasites are and provide examples of different types of parasites. Dick also
explains how he entered the world of parasite research – he spent 27 years studying Trichinella. It’s another example of serendipity which
seems so common in the world of science.
You can find ‘This Week in Parasitism’ here at the ProMed Network, or at microbeworld.org/twip.