Star Wars: The Last Jedi leaves many questions about the saga in a galaxy far, far away unanswered. Fortunately, biology may offer a insights on the Force, midi-chlorians, clones, and Rey's lineage.
Sometimes the enemy of your enemy is your friend.
Humans play host to many little passengers. Right now, you’re incubating, shedding or have already been colonised by viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal microorganisms - perhaps even all of them.
Snail shells appear to be part of the creatures' immune system.
Genetic analysis is getting cheaper and can provide real-time surveillance of drug resistance.
From losing inhibitions and anger to schizophrenia and dementia – science is uncovering the role small critters play in a range of illnesses and behaviours.
There's a growing body of evidence that shows we could be doing more for the close to billion children at risk of intestinal worms. We simply cannot afford to ignore it.
Scientists are making the terrifying useful.
Azteca ants are self-appointed protectors of coffee plants on Mexican plantations. But they have a lot to contend with from other insects.
Do you know your parasites from your gut commensals? Read this and you will.
No wonder scientists love it.
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.
What is the difference between these pathogens, and how dangerous are they?
Around 5% of common garden snails in and around Sydney contain larvae of the parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis, commonly known as the rat lungworm.
Fleas have lived with people for as long as people have lived with pets.
The Romans are well known for introducing sanitation to much of their empire – but did it improve their health?
In many parts of the world, Christmas and mistletoe are inextricably intertwined. But in the natural world, mistletoe has long fascinated naturalists and scientists.
The collapse of Syria's health system is helping spread leishmaniasis but not in the way some media outlets have reported.
They might have ruled the world for millions of years but even dinosaurs can play host to parasites.