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WORM spit will be a hot topic of con­ver­sa­tion when two USbased co­me­di­ans record a live pod­cast in Cairns to­day.

Prob­a­bly Science hosts Matt Kir­shen and Andy Wood are in town as part of a Queens­land tour with their weekly science and com­edy pod­cast.

The top-rated pod­cast fo­cuses on cur­rent sci­en­tific news and the ca­reers and hob­bies of its guests.

It has been run­ning since 2012, and at­tracted the likes of Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Karen Gil­lan, Aussie co­me­dian Wil An­der­son and Myth­buster’s Adam Savage.

The pod­cast, which is be­ing recorded at the Reef Casino, will fea­ture James Cook Uni­ver­sity re­searcher Dr Michael Smout, who helped bring the co­me­di­ans to the Far North.

Dr Smout, who is a big fan of the pod­cast, said he reached out to them af­ter they re­cently dis­cussed some of his work.

The Cairns-based biotech­nol­ogy re­searcher has been ex­am­in­ing a pro­tein found in the spit of par­a­sitic liver flukes that can pro­mote cell growth and wound re­pair.

Dr Smout, who works at JCU’s Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Trop­i­cal Health and Medicine, was able to gain fund­ing via the Aus­tralian So­ci­ety for Par­a­sitol­ogy and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to bring the pod­cast to Cairns, the first des­ti­na­tion on a statewide tour.

He said he was look­ing for­ward to pro­mot­ing other re­search work be­ing car­ried out in Far North Queens­land,

“I’m go­ing to go with a few science sto­ries that we’ve done re­cently, and there’s a cou­ple of worm-re­lated sto­ries over the last cou­ple of years that they’ve missed,” he said.

“For ex­am­ple, count­ing worms in poo, and the im­por­tance of where you get the sam­ple from and things like that.

“Poo is al­ways a good comedic start­ing point.”

Prob­a­bly Science will be recorded live from 3pm to­day at Cairns Din­ner The­atre, in­side the Reef Ho­tel Casino.

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