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Worms do have something in their mouth that they can poke out, like a tongue. It is called a stylet. Flickr/DJ SINGH

Curious Kids: Do worms have tongues?

The short answer is no. But worms can use different parts of their body to do some of the jobs that our tongues do - like tasting and crushing food.
Threadworm infection is common but it’s often asymptomatic. Ayaka Darkly/Flickr

Health check: the low-down on ‘worms’ and how to get rid of them

Intestinal worms (or helminths) are multicellular parasites that live inside the gut. When mature, they can generally be seen with the naked eye. In developing countries with poor sanitation, the most…
Parasites can infest any part of the body that has an opening to the outside world. SBS

Life on Us: a close-up look at the bugs that call us home

Many microscopic bugs and bacteria live on our skin and within our various nooks and crannies. Almost anywhere on (or even within) the human body can be home to these enterprising bugs. Bugs affect us…
These little worms are very powerful model organisms, revealing important lessons about human biology. Niharb

Animals in research: C. elegans (roundworm)

Our series, Animals in Research, profiles the top organisms used for science experimentation. Here, we look at Caenorhabditis elegans – a roundworm. When you think of a worm, what do you see? For some…

Roundworms ‘talk’ with chemicals

A universal language employed by nematodes (or roundworms) has been discovered; a form of communication never seen before…

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