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As multicellular creatures go, planaria worms are hardly glamorous.
One of the consequences of globalization and increased worldwide freight trade is the introduction of invasive alien species. In the list of the 100 worst invasive alien species in the world , there is only one terrestrial flatworm: Platydemus manokwari, also called New Guinea flatworm.
A famous orangutan that lived an extraordinary life, died in a rather extraordinary way as well, according to team of researchers who used cutting-edge genetic diagnostics.
Planarian flatworms have come under intense study for their renowned ability to regenerate any missing body part, even as adults.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have discovered that planarians, tiny flatworms fabled for their regenerative powers, completely lack centrosomes, cellular structures that organize the network of microtubules that pulls chromosomes apart during cell division.
Flatworms provide new insight into organ regeneration and the evolution of mammalian kidneys.
Researchers of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) at the Max DelbrÃ¼ck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch have gained new insights into planarian flatworms, which are an attractive model for stem cell biology and regeneration.
Most people don't think worms are cool.
An international team of scientists including Albert Poustka from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin has discovered that Xenoturbellida and the acoelomorph worms, both simple marine worms, are more closely related to complex organisms like humans and sea urchins than was previously assumed.
"Man is but a worm" was the title of a famous caricature of Darwin's ideas in Victorian England.
The nightcrawler (Lumbricus terrestris), also known as the lob worm or the common earthworm in Britain and the dew worm in Canada, is a species of earthworm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. It is native to Europe, but has been introduced into other areas around the world. Although the species is not as abundant as other worms in its range, it is a widely known species in gardens of temperate habitats, where it moves about on the surface of the soil. The nightcrawler can reach...
The rodent tapeworm (Hymenolepis microstoma) is a parasitic worm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species affects rodents across the world, causing hymenolepiasis, but it does not often affect humans. Most of the available information regarding tapeworms is derived from the studies conducted on this worm and the other members of its genus, Hymenolepis. These worms have been present in laboratories since the 1950's and can either be raised and kept in a culture or be...
The dwarf tapeworm (Hymenolepis nana) is a species of tapeworm that is classified in the Platyhelminthes phylum. It once held three other scientific names including Vampirolepis nana and Taenia nana. It is found throughout the world but occurs most often in temperate regions. As its common name implies, the dwarf tapeworm is small, reaching an average body length of 1.5 inches. The head, or scolex, holds a retractable beak like organ that has twenty to thirty hooks and four string suckers,...
The beef tapeworm (Taenia saginata or Taeniarhynchus saginata) is a species of tapeworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. It can affect both cattle and humans, and causes the disease taeniasis in humans. It can be found in many areas that have a beef market including Africa, the Philippines, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, although it is not abundant in this area. It does occur in the United States, but it is not common due to high sanitation standards. The beef...
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