Latest Taenia solium Stories
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.
Researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Leicester have uncovered more evidence about Richard III. A new analysis of his remains has revealed evidence of a roundworm infection at the time of his death in 1485.
A research team has mapped the genome of tapeworms to reveal potential drug targets for existing drugs. Urgently needed and effective treatments for the debilitating diseases caused by tapeworms could be developed from the new information the genome provides.
A neuropeptide called Substance P is the cause of seizures in patients with brains infected by the pork tapeworm (Taenia solium), said Baylor College of Medicine researchers in a report that appears online in the open access journal PLoS Pathogens.
Tapeworm infections of the brain, which can cause epileptic seizures, appear to be increasing in Mexico and bordering southwestern states, Loyola University Health System researchers report.
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...
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