In this episode, we're heading back into outer space to talk about maybe the most iconic alien of all time — Alien! I mean, the xenomorph! From Alien! What a great and confusing movie. Why is everything so wet on that spaceship? Why didn't the crew have fire safety training? Why are we storing milk and spaghetti inside robots??? Really, we're left with more questions than answers. We'll discuss why you should be careful what you put in your mouth (Spoiler: the answer is worms), mutagenic tumor fluid, and how bad company policies can create more than just a toxic work environment.
- We mention that malaria is caused by Plasmodium falciparum, and this is true! But there are four other species of Plasmodium (specifically, P. vivax, P. ovale, P. malariae, and P. knowlesi) that can also infect humans and cause malaria! They usually cause milder disease. A lot of the discussion about malaria is about P. falciparum because that is the species responsible for the vast majority of deaths from malaria.
Resources, Citations, and Mentions:
- Center for Disease Control: About Parasites, last reviewed, Sep 2020, accessed September 2020
- Wikipedia - Parasitism, accessed September 2020
- Wikipedia: Malaria , accessed September 2020
- Center for Disease Control: Taeniasis, last reviewed, Jan 2013, accessed September 2020
- Center for Disease Control: Cysticercosis, last reviewed Jul 2019, accessed September 2020
- Wikipedia - Dracunculus medinensis, accessed September 2020
- Center for Disease Control - Parasites - Guinea Worm, last reviewed May 2020, accessed September 2020
- "Exclusive: Battle to wipe out debilitating Guinea worm parasite hits 10 year delay" by Leslie Roberts, Nature News Article, September 30, 2019.
- Xenopedia, The Alien vs. Predator Wiki - Xenomorph life cycle, accessed September 2020
- Xenopedia, The Alien vs Predator Wiki - Chestburster, accessed September 2020
Of the parasite life cycle in Alien:
- Deepa: 4 out of 10 spaghetti robots in milk
- Jen: 3 out of 10 highly mutagenic fluids