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Barber Pole Worm Genome Provides Essential Platform To Understand Drug Resistance In Worms
2013-08-28 12:59:38

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Researchers have identified five enzymes that are essential to the survival of a parasitic worm that infects livestock worldwide and is a great threat to global food security. Two of these proteins are already being studied as potential drug targets against other pathogens. The team sequenced the genome of Haemonchus contortus, or the barber pole worm, a well-studied parasitic worm that resides in the gut of sheep and other livestock globally. This genome...

2013-08-27 23:29:29

National Pediculosis Association Sponsors the 28th Annual Head Lice Prevention Campaign Newton, MA (PRWEB) August 27, 2013 CombFirst! is the National Pediculosis Association’s (NPA) 28th annual back-to-school National Head Lice Prevention Campaign. The National Pediculosis Association®, Inc. (NPA) is a 501 c 3 non-profit volunteer organization, including scientific advisors. Initiated in 1985 with House Joint Resolution 223, September kicks off NPA’s educational campaign to...

2013-08-14 23:02:18

A novel study featured in The Journal of Parasitology compared two lakes in the Adirondacks that are only 2.5 kilometers apart. The research showed that significant differences in parasitism can occur, depending on their ecological history. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) August 14, 2013 Every body of water differs in its ecological makeup, species of underwater organisms, and parasitic communities. However, differences in parasitic communities for the same species of native fish in adjacent...

2013-07-25 23:27:27

There were 66 confirmed deaths from the West Nile virus last year from mosquitoes' bites. People are looking for solutions to a problem that can be fatal. Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 A simple solution to keep the mosquitoes away is by turning on a fan. Mosquitoes are very light weight and are easily over-powered by fans. A more permanent fix is to plant lemon grass. This grass is beautiful looking and contains citronella oil; a strong scent that makes it hard for mosquitoes to...

2013-07-16 23:22:25

Celebrate National Picnic Month by creating a pest-free environment to keep family and friends safe from mosquitoes, ticks and noxious weeds that cause West Nile virus, Lyme disease, severe allergic reactions, and more. Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 16, 2013 July is National Picnic Month and a great time to combine family, friends, and food with outdoor games and sunshine. Whether it’s hosting an impromptu picnic in the backyard or taking sandwiches to the kid’s ballgame, picnics...

Human-driven Change Good For Parasites But Bad For Birds In Argentine Forests
2013-07-16 14:23:56

Wildlife Conservation Society A new report by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Disease Ecology Laboratory of Instituto de Ciencias Veterinarias del Litoral, Argentina (ICIVET LITORAL, UNL-CONICET) shows that increases in precipitation and changes in vegetative structure in Argentine forests -- factors driven by climate change and deforestation in the region -- are leading to increased parasitism of young nesting birds by fly larvae (botflies) of the species Philornis...

Determining What Makes Us Appealing As A Mosquito Meal
2013-07-15 07:16:00

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Have you ever awakened from a summer night in the woods, camping with friends, only to find you were the sole victim of a mosquito onslaught? Or have you returned from a hike covered in bites, yet your friends were without? As it turns out, this may occur more than you suspect. According to a Smithsonian Magazine blog citing various studies and news articles on the topic of mosquito bites, it turns out one in five people are...

2013-07-02 23:20:49

Local team launches service utilizing Mosquito Shield’s industry-leading mosquito control system West Chester, PA (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 Mosquito Shield of Southeastern Pennsylvania is now booking service appointments throughout the region after launching the local franchise in July of 2013. West Chester residents Tina and Rick Brogan have established the local franchise and look forward to bringing this innovative mosquito control solution to their area. “As homeowners ourselves who...

2013-06-29 23:17:44

David Touwsma, President of MosquitoNix Atlanta, a recognized national leader in customized automated misting systems for mosquito and pest prevention for both business and residential properties, leads awareness efforts for active Atlantans to protect themselves, their families and homes of pesky mosquitos and the diseases they carry. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 29, 2013 The week of June 23 - June 29 has been declared the seventeenth annual "National Mosquito Control Awareness...


Latest Parasitology Reference Libraries

Pork Tapeworm, Taenia solium
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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...

Guinea Worm, Dracunculus medinensis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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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