Meet Toxoplasma gondii.
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Scientists are making the terrifying useful.
Azteca ants, unsung heroes of coffee pest control.
Azteca ants are self-appointed protectors of coffee plants on Mexican plantations. But they have a lot to contend with from other insects.
Fleas get a free ride - and there’s not much in it for the dog.
Do you know your parasites from your gut commensals? Read this and you will.
Hmmm … looks good to me.
No wonder scientists love it.
Scientists found that malaria parasites resistant to antimalarial Atovaquone cannot survive inside their mosquito host.
Resistance to a commonly used antimalarial medication, Atovaquone, can’t spread to the general human population, a new research found.
Cat-borne parasites that may affect human aggression aren't the only microscopic freeloaders that influence their hosts' brains.
A researcher looking at E.coli bacteria strain at the Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment in Latvia.
What is the difference between these pathogens, and how dangerous are they?
Slugs and snails can be accidentally eaten by dogs, wildlife species and humans.
Around 5% of common garden snails in and around Sydney contain larvae of the parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, commonly known as the rat lungworm.
The cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) female full of eggs.
Fleas have lived with people for as long as people have lived with pets.
The collapse of Syria's health system is helping spread leishmaniasis but not in the way some media outlets have reported.
Even Tyrannosaurus rex had to deal with the smaller irritations in life.
They might have ruled the world for millions of years but even dinosaurs can play host to parasites.
The African honeybee is more resistant to pests and pathogens than its European counterparts.
The way the Africa honeybee's deal with parasites and pathogens can teach western beekeepers and researchers how to adapt their bees to fight diseases.
New Nobel laureate William C Campbell.
Scientists William C Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura and Tu Youyou have been rewarded for their unglamorous but vital work on parasites that has improved the lives of millions.
Nematodes play an important role in all biological systems.
There is much more than just parasitic features when it comes to nematodes: these tiny creatures are vital to ecosystems.
The wasp’s pupa commandeering an enslaved spider.
Scientists in Japan have discovered a new species of wasp that induces a zombie-like state in spiders in order to manipulate them into protecting the wasp’s own offspring.
This spider doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to build a new home for that wasp larva on his back.
A new study reveals one of the animal world's more bizarre and gruesome parasitic relationships.
A fish out of time is as bad as a fish out of water.
There has been mounting excitement in recent years around the potential for improving treatments by giving people medicines at the right time of day. Turns out it works for fish too.
Acanthamoeba castellanii is a very painful parasite to encounter.
A man undergoes “xenodiagnosis” for Chagas disease in the Argentine province of Corrientes. In this procedure, uninfected triatomine bugs feed on the blood of patients. Later examination of these insects may reveal parasites acquired from infected blood.
This parasitic infection is endemic in Central and South America, and can lead to serious health complications. Though rare in the US, incidence is starting to increase.
A parasite wants to live with you, and to do that it needs to convince your body’s immune system to ignore it.
When you’re sick, you want the most effective treatment to help get you back on your feet. But what if that involved bugs? Maggots and leeches have been used for decades and are still supplied to hospitals…