Latest Parasitism Stories
The parasite that causes the most deadly strain of malaria in humans appears to have originally crossed the species barrier from gorillas.
The antibacterial ingredient in some soaps, toothpastes, odor-fighting socks, and even computer keyboards is pointing scientists toward a long-sought new treatment for a parasitic disease that affects almost two billion people.
Scientists have determined the evolutionary timeline for the microscopic parasites that cause one of the world's most widespread infectious diseases: malaria.
The limited immune response in the eyes of freshwater fishes has created a great home for parasites.
Fresh discoveries about the parasite that causes sleeping sickness could lead to new avenues of research into treatments for the disease.
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have discovered animal populations may often be under a much larger threat from parasites than previously recognized.
MONHEIM, Germany, May 25, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - Launch of Online Video Tour Showcases the Fascinating World of Parasites Who said that learning about bugs was boring? An amazing new journey through the wonderful world of parasites launches on YouTube today.
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a parasite protein that has all the makings of a microbial glass jaw: it's essential, it's vulnerable and humans have nothing like it, meaning scientists can take pharmacological swings at it with minimal fear of collateral damage.
In the news release, Animal Planet's MONSTERS INSIDE ME Returns With New Monsters and Fresh Mysteries, issued May 3, 2010, by Animal Planet over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that in the subheadline and second paragraph, the time given should read "10PM (ET/PT)" rather than "9PM (ET/PT)" as originally issued inadvertently.
SILVER SPRING, Md., May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Last year, MONSTERS INSIDE ME proved that the smallest creatures are often the scariest.
The lancet liver fluke (Dicrocoelium dendriticum) is a parasitic worm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. It is thought to be native to over thirty countries including Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Iran, China, Vietnam, Japan, Ghana, and Nigeria, among many other areas. It is also found in South and North America and in Australia. It is typically found in cattle or other grazing species, so it is thought to prefer a habitat that supports these species. It is similar in...
Profilicollis is a genus of acanthocephalan parasites that are found in crustaceans and shorebirds. Profilicollis parasites use decapod crustaceans as intermediate hosts and species of shorebirds as definitive hosts. The parasite first develops in mole crabs of North and South America. After it infects a mole crab, it becomes dormant until the crab is eaten by a suitable bird, such as a Surf scoter or Herring Gull. Once the parasite has passed through the stomach of the bird, it develops...
Moniliformis moniliformis is a species of acanthocephalan parasite that can infect humans, though it rarely does. Human infections have been reported in the United States, Iran, Iraq, and Nigeria. It has been found in rats all over the world, and usually is found in cats, dogs and, in Poland, red foxes. Intermediate hosts are usually beetles and cockroaches. This parasite, like other acanthocephalans, does not have a digestive tract. It absorbs nutrients through the tegument (external...
The Giant Thorny-headed Worm (Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus) is a species of acanthocephalan parasite found in the intestines of pigs and other hoofed animals, and can occasionally appear in humans and dogs. The eggs of this parasite are usually found in scarabaeoid or hydrophilid beetles and other similar insects. Worms of this species range in size from less than four-hundredths of an inch to over 15 inches. It causes enteritis, gastritis or peritonitis in affected hosts. While it...
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