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Nematode larvae belonging to the genus Anisakis can cause the disease anisakiasis, a threat to human health. Shutterstock / WH_Pics

How to be sushi smart: tips on avoiding anisakis disease

Raw seafood dishes such as sushi, poke bowls and ceviche are increasingly popular, but can harbour fish-borne parasites. What’s the best way to protect ourselves?
Toxoplasma gondii cyst hosted in a mouse’s brain. Jitender P. Dubey / PLOS Biology

Toxoplasma: the parasite that takes over our brains

Toxoplasma is a protozoan, a single-celled organism so small that it lodges inside the cells of animals (one in three humans) and modifies their behaviour.
Identified in boxer dogs in 1984, the parasite Neospora caninum is harmless to humans, yet has been shown to be effective against tumour cells in mice. Shutterstock

A dog parasite could help fight incurable cancers – what our immunotherapy research revealed

New research has found that a parasite first identified in dogs could help stimulate the human immune system to attack cells of cancerous tumours.

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