Vicuñas <em>(Lama vicugna)</em> run across the plains in San Guillermo National Park, Argentina.
How Mange Remade an Ecosystem
A study traces the effects of a mite outbreak from the earth to the heavens.
How Mange Remade an Ecosystem
How Mange Remade an Ecosystem

A study traces the effects of a mite outbreak from the earth to the heavens.

A study traces the effects of a mite outbreak from the earth to the heavens.

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Close-up of a fiber with brightly colored pathogens beside it
Microplastics in Seawater May Harbor Parasites
Christie Wilcox | Apr 26, 2022
Laboratory experiments find that Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia can congregate on microplastic beads and fibers, suggesting they might make their way into and around the world’s oceans by hitching rides on tiny bits of trash.
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WHO Scientist Mwele Malecela Dies at 59
Pradip Chatterjee | Mar 4, 2022
Her achievements included developing a roadmap to tackle neglected tropical diseases.
Spores of Fusarium xylarioides
Researchers Resurrect Coffee-Destroying Fungus—to Study It
Chloe Tenn | Jan 4, 2022
Comparing the genomes of modern pathogens with those of cryopreserved strains from several decades ago shed light on the evolution of coffee wilt disease outbreaks in Africa.
Illustration of clear cells with orange nuclei, Toxoplasma gondii, on colorful background
Turning Toxoplasma Against Cancer
Annie Melchor | Jan 3, 2022
Several research groups have found that Toxoplasma gondii infection can ramp up antitumor immune responses in mice. Can the single-cell parasite be used to develop safe treatments for humans?
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Scratchy Scalps Help Glue Together Pieces of an Ancient Past
Chloe Tenn | Dec 29, 2021
Scientists find human DNA preserved in lice cement from the heads of South American mummies.
black-legged deer tick waits on leaf for host to feed on
A Lab-Stage mRNA Vaccine Targeting Ticks May Offer Protection Against Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases
Andaleeb Sajid | Nov 18, 2021
NIH researcher Andaleeb Sajid discusses her study’s finding that ticks were unable to feed on vaccinated guinea pigs, preventing transmission of the pathogen that causes Lyme disease.
screen shot from a microscopy video of a green cell exiting a red cell and then entering two other green cells in sequence as a yellow arrow follows the original green cell
Cancer Cells Parasitize Other Ones to Survive: Study
Marcus A. Banks | May 13, 2021
Tumor cells missing a critical protein enter neighboring cells to sap their nutrients, then exit those hosts as intact cells, possibly primed to metastasize. Other scholars say it’s too early to know this for sure.
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Conservation Biologists May Unintentionally Spread Pathogens
Amanda Heidt | Apr 19, 2021
When conservationists relocate species, they don’t always account for the pathogens hitching a ride, and the consequences of introducing them to a new environment.
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Kelp Pathogen Has Spread Across the Southern Ocean
Chris Baraniuk | Apr 5, 2021
Scientists suspect the gall-forming protist Maullinia hitches a ride on kelp rafts to reach new host populations at far-flung sites.
Chelsea Wood Tracks Parasites Around the World
Amanda Heidt | Nov 1, 2020
The University of Washington parasite ecologist aims to understand how humans have changed the diversity and abundance of the enigmatic and misunderstood organisms.
Image of the Day: Unusual ATP Synthase
Emily Makowski | Jan 8, 2020
A single-celled organism has an energy-producing enzyme with unique features.
Image of the Day: Cryptosporidiosis Treatment
Emily Makowski | Nov 8, 2019
An enzyme blocker is highly effective at treating intestinal parasitic infection in mice.
ancient DNA puma parasite roundworm oldest maximum age feces coprolite faeces
Oldest Known Parasites Found in Ancient Puma Feces
Chia-Yi Hou | Aug 28, 2019
Researchers isolate roundworm DNA from animal excrement that is about 17,000 years old.
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Parasites in Ancient Poo Reflect Neolithic Settlers’ Lifestyle
Ashley P. Taylor | Jun 21, 2019
From an excavation of a site called Çatalhöyük, in modern-day Turkey, scientists recover preserved whipworm eggs—a sign of settling down and living in close quarters.
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Microbiology Meets Machine Learning
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2019
Artificially intelligent software has human-like ability to analyze host-pathogen interactions in microscopy images.
Honeybee with varroa mite sitting on honeycombs
Artificial Intelligence Could Help Monitor Bee Health
Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2019
A high school student designs a new beehive and gets help from machine learning to monitor for varroa mite infestation.
a kitten in a cage
Termination of USDA’s Toxoplasmosis Lab Concerns Parasitologists
Shawna Williams | Apr 10, 2019
Some researchers say the abrupt end of the program will hobble the fight against a common parasite.
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Emily Derbyshire Looks for Malaria’s Vulnerabilities
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2019
The Duke University professor studies the parasite to find a way to thwart infection before it takes hold.
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Infographic: Fighting Malaria Drug Resistance
Natalie Slivinski | Mar 1, 2019
The parasite that causes malaria has evolved to evade many of the drugs that researchers have developed to fight the tropical disease.