Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin
The TWiPonderers solve the case of the Timber Worker with Severe Shaking Chills, and describe an experimental malaria vaccine comprising attenuated sporozoites produced by genetic engineering.
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Links for this episode:
- Genetically engineered P. falciparum sporozoite vaccine (Sci Transl Med)
- Parasitology Superhero: Francesco Redi
- Image credit: Betsy Weissbrod
- Letters read on TWiP 125
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Case Study for TWiP 125
Thanks to the Peace Corps – 24 yo female serving in Cameroon, teaching English and science at local school. Been in country 5 months, first 3 lived with host family, now in own home in community with electricity, 12 hr from Yaounde, capital. Reports intermittent diarrhea, loose stools, abdominal discomfort. No prior problems, no problems in family. No meds. No drinking or smoking. Lots of animals present, roam into class. Eating all local fare, cooks some, or buy locally. Eats fish, vegetables, no fish. Sleeps in house with mosquito nets. Not sexually active, AIDS negative. Young kids at school 6-12 yo, 20 in room. Does not eat at school. Not clear if water is treated. Not on antimalarials. Going on for a few a few weeks. No fever, no rash.
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