Disease-causing Parasites Hitch Ride On Trumpet Snails
In order to survive and breed, parasitic flatworms in Southeast Asia use several species of trumpet snail as hosts—posing a threat to public health.
Ancient Shellfish Sailed The Seas On The Shells Of Turtles
Colonizing the shells of live sea turtles might have allowed mollusks to encounter previously unexplored niches, scientists say.
Cambrian-era Parasite Stole Ancient Brachiopod’s Food
A study from China has found evidence for the oldest known parasite–host relationship in the fossil record.
The Voice Within May Be Toxoplasma Speaking
Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that reproduces in cats and can infect humans, is known to alter behavior. A recent study shows that infected humans tend to be more entrepreneurial.
Asia’s Bee Mites Alarmingly Resistant
A study of the Tropilaelaps mercedesae genome has revealed that conventional mite control strategies might not work.
Toxoplasma Parasites ‘Carbo-Load’ To Stay Dormant
The Toxoplasma parasite builds up a large stockpile of starch to help it establish a chronic infection, researchers say.
Eisai Provides Free Antiparasitic Tablets To Indonesia
Eisai has provided 151 million free diethylcarbamazine citrate tablets to the government of Indonesia for the treatment of elephantiasis.
Chinese TCM Expert Wins 2015 Nobel Prize In Medicine
Tu Youyou has received one half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing an anti-malarial drug based on ancient herbal medicine.
7 Must-Read Stories In August 2015
In our August 2015 roundup, read all about the latest in CRISPR and cell reprogramming, parasitic wasps and how to found a medical school.
Parasite’s Big Appetite Might Be Its Downfall
The enzyme TgFBP2 helps Toxoplasma gondii survive in many cell types but could also prove to be a useful drug target.
Caring For The Caregivers
COVID-19 exposed and exacerbated the mental toll of being a healthcare worker especially in low-resource settings in Asia. As we move toward a new normal, governments, hospitals and mental health experts are beginning to support the neglected community of health care workers, but many challenges are yet to be addressed.