t_gondii_tachyzoiteHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson introduce the obligate intracellular protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, one of the most successful parasites on earth.

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malaria_pathogenesisHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of malaria, with emphasis on clinical aspects of the disease.

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plasmodium_bloodHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson trace the life cycle of Plasmodium in a mosquito and in a human host.

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anopheles_gambiaeHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson move on to protozoan parasites with a discussion of the early history of malaria.

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spirometra_mansonoidesHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Dickson reads his story about sparganosis caused by the diphyllobothroid tapeworm Spirometra mansonoides.

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tapewormsHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson continue their discourse on tapeworms, covering the fish and dog varieties.

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  • Diphyllobothrim bothria (jpg)
  • Coracidium hatching from egg (jpg)
  • Dog tapeworm life cycle (jpg)
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taenia_saginata_adultHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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

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  • Taenia solium life cycle (jpg)
  • Taenia solium adult (jpg)
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ncparacomp1Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

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

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lifecycleHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dickson trace the life cycle of Trichinella spiralis in an infected host.

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  • Infective first stage T. spiralis larva in Nurse cell in muscle tissue (jpg)
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trichinella spiralisHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Vincent and Dick distinguish among intracellular and extracellular parasites, then discuss the history and general characteristics of Trichinella spiralis.

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