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2014-05-21 11:03:07

University of Iowa It's how life survives in a constantly changing environment In Lewis Carroll’s 1871 classic novel Through the Looking Glass, the Red Queen tells Alice: “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” Over the years, evolutionary biologists have used the Red Queen’s statement to refer to the “Red Queen” hypothesis, which describes how living organisms, including humans, manage to survive in a changing environment by...

Single Cell Genome Sequencing Of Malaria Parasites
2014-05-11 03:52:59

Wellcome Trust Single-cell genomics could provide new insight into the biology of Malaria parasites, including their virulence and levels of drug resistance, to ultimately improve treatment and control of the disease, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the National Institutes of Health. The findings are revealed in a study by researchers at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and published today in the journal Genome Research. Malaria infections commonly...

Lethal Parasite Emerged From Pond Scum
2014-05-12 03:42:06

University of British Columbia A genomic investigation by University of British Columbia researchers has revealed that a lethal parasite infecting a wide range of insects actually originated from pond scum, but has completely shed its green past on its evolutionary journey. A team led by UBC Botany Prof. Patrick Keeling sequenced the genome of Helicosporidium – an intracellular parasite that can kill juvenile blackflies, caterpillars, beetles and mosquitoes – and found it evolved...

2014-05-06 08:35:55

Spring is one of the most dangerous seasons for fleas, ticks and other parasites, and experts predict 2014 will be one of the worst years ever for certain parasitic diseases. WESTBROOK, Maine, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- All dogs - no matter their breeds, sizes, ages or geographic locations - are at risk of infection from a variety of parasites, including ticks, fleas, roundworms, whipworms and heartworms. And so are dog owners and their families....

2014-04-28 23:05:55

An article in The Journal of Parasitology discusses various long-term efforts to control parasitic infections and focuses specifically on improving sanitation within a culturally acceptable framework. The author suggests that a "biodigester" may be a solution to improve sanitation systems in some international regions. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) April 28, 2014 More than 450 million people worldwide, primarily children and pregnant women, suffer illness from soil-transmitted...

2014-04-22 23:14:53

The Life, Earth & Health Sciences Magazine EurekaMag.com has published 765 new articles on parasites and parasitic infections. This latest update brings the total of references covering these human and animal diseases to over 67,400. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 EurekaMag.com has newly published 765 articles on parasites and parasitic infections. While the site's Research Category extensively covers parasitic organisms that live on or in another host species from which...

Birds Accept And Raise Brood Parasites’ Young For Fear Of Retaliation
2014-04-18 14:50:57

Max Planck Institute If a restaurant owner fails to pay the protection money demanded of him, he can expect his premises to be trashed. Warnings like these are seldom required, however, as fear of the consequences is enough to make restaurant owners pay up. Similarly, mafia-like behavior is observed in parasitic birds, which lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. If the host birds throw the cuckoo’s egg out, the brood parasites take their revenge by destroying the entire nest....

2014-03-12 11:36:56

Humans are often infected by parasites, sometimes even several species at a time. Such co-infections are more difficult to treat if the parasites interact with each other. An ecologist from the University of Zurich and his international team have compiled a list of the numerous possibilities as to how parasites can interact: They are most likely to do so indirectly via the food source they share. Over 1,400 species of parasites – viruses, bacteria, fungi, intestinal worms and protozoa...

2014-03-03 23:01:53

An article featured in The Journal of Parasitology reviews the history of malaria research and examines the various approaches to that research. (PRWEB) March 03, 2014 Malaria has been around for millennia, and there are written references to it from early societies in China, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece. Each year an estimated 500 million people are infected worldwide, making malaria a major public health concern. Some countries still experience malaria epidemics, which can also...

Mahal
2014-02-28 06:24:28

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A famous orangutan that lived an extraordinary life, died in a rather extraordinary way as well. Mahal, one of the stars of the Milwaukee County Zoo, was an emblem of survival for a dwindling species. Mahal was born in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado, five years ago. He was rejected by his birth mother, which is how he ended up in Milwaukee. The young primate was flown aboard a private jet to a surrogate...


Latest Parasitism Reference Libraries

Lancet Liver Fluke, Dicrocoelium dendriticum
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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
2014-01-05 00:00:00

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
2014-01-05 00:00:00

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...

Giant Thorny-headed Worm, Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus
2014-01-05 00:00:00

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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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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