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Episode 18: Parasites FTW! (Guest: Tommy Leung)

February 19, 2013

In episode 18, Morgan and I are joined by Tommy Leung, evolutionary biologist and parasitologist extraordinaire, to talk about parasites of all kinds.  And as a special bonus, MC Parasite appears out of nowhere to hit us with some evobio rhymes on the evolution of altruism and cooperation!

Here’s some of the stuff that we talked about during this week’s episode:

The Parasite of the Day blog:
http://dailyparasite.blogspot.com
Tapeworm eggs in fossil shark poop:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0055007
Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) pulling a “bait-and-switch” on its aphid vector
http://www.pnas.org/content/107/8/3600.full
Tommy mentioned some non sequitur cartoons he used to draw call “Existential Confectioneries”, some of which can be found here:
http://the-episiarch.deviantart.com/gallery/26748215

BONUS: Here’s the full and unedited version of Tommy’s rap for your listening pleasure…

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