Some parasitic wasp species lay their eggs in the bellies of wolf spiders so that the larva can feed of the vertebrates' blood. While this does not harm the spiders initially, when the larva mature they end up killing their hosts. The recent findings highlight the diverse parasitic relationships among animals.
Nearly half of all camels in Kenya have been infected by the virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a new study shows. These findings shed light on the role the desert animals might play in transmitting this emerging disease to humans.
Cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds' nests, leaving them to care and feed their offspring. However, a recent study found that the cowbird's parenting doesn't necessarily end there.
A parasitic fungus, described in a new study, manipulates its ant host to die on the "doorstep" of its colony, as to ensure an endless supply of future hosts.
One of the biggest hurdles in stem cell therapy is finding a host that won't reject the transplanted cells. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) have shown that scientists need look no further, because they have created a new line of genetically modified pigs that are successful hosts.