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A Taiwanese woman has won a $3,000 prize by catching roughly 4 million mosquitoes in just one month.
In the battle between insect predators and their prey, chemical signals called kairomones serve as an early-warning system.
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.
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.
Some female zebra finches foist a part of their eggs on their neighbors.
An international team led by researchers from the University of Cordoba (UCO) has analyzed seroprevalence (antibodies to a disease) of Toxoplasma Gondii, the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis in many species, including humans.
The pork tapeworm (Taenia solium), also known simply as a tapeworm, is a species of parasitic worm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species infects pigs and humans in many areas of the world including Africa, Southern Europe, Asia, South America, and some areas of North America. This species can cause cysticercosis in its larval stage, which is one of the major causes of seizures in humans. The pork tapeworm can reach an average body length between 2 to 3 meters, but...
Paragonimus westermani is a species of fluke, or flatworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species is abundant in South America and Asia and affects the lungs of humans and other hosts. It was first discovered in 1878 in Europe after two Bengal tigers died. In 1879, Ringer found this species in the lungs of a human. Manson and Erwin von Baelz identified the sputum and eggs separately in 1880, after which Manson asserted that a snail was most likely the worm's...
Echinococcus multilocularis is a species of tapeworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. It is one of a few worms that cause echinococcosis, a disease that affects many canid species including wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals, domesticated dogs. Humans can also contract this disease. Adult members of this species can reach an average length of .2 inches, and like other species of tapeworm, its body is segmented by three proglottids. Its head, or scolex, is equipped with...
Trichinella spiralis, sometimes known as the pork worm, is a parasite within the Nematoda class. It can be found in pigs, rats, humans, and bears. This worm causes trichinosis in humans, most often from consuming undercooked pork. This species is the smallest within its class, reaching an average body length of .16 centimeters. Females are twice as large as males, displaying a sexual dimorphism. The reproductive organs of females are unique to the species in that the front end holds developed...
The Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) is a species of roundworm with the Nematoda phylum. This species is once ranged throughout Asia and Africa, including the west coasts of Africa in Guinea. Although it is not present in this range anymore, the species retains its common name. It was identified in this area by Carl Linnaeus, who discovered the parasite in many merchants along the coast. Its scientific name was also given due to a large population in one area, called Medina. Dracunculus...
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