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:
Tapeworm eggs in fossil shark poop:
Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) pulling a “bait-and-switch” on its aphid vector
Tommy mentioned some non sequitur cartoons he used to draw call “Existential Confectioneries”, some of which can be found here:

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