A team of researchers from 11 institutions in five countries recently discovered a DNA fossil of a human-infecting parasite. However, that they were found in certain species of tropical birds suggests that these parasitic worms transferred from birds to humans several million years ago.
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.
A new strain of a tick-born bacterium was recently discovered in red foxes ranging throughout Austria.
In a recent study, researchers reveal five songbirds may be transporting avian-biting ticks farther north. Ultimately, this could increase the number of Lyme disease cases in humans.
Five new long-haired parasitic wasp species have been found in India. A recent study revealed these insects prefer spider eggs as their host of choice. The uniqueness of these insects suggest there are many more parasitic wasps to be found.
It turns out that trematodes and other parasitic flatworms live in larger numbers in temperate regions, contrary to the global norm of greater biodiversity in warm temperatures.
Has a visit to the pet shop ever made your mouth water? No? Then you've clearly never had guinea pig. The cuddly rodents have been a reliable snack in parts of Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia for generations. Called cuyes in Spanish, the animals are reportedly easier to raise and breed than chickens, and are eaten en-masse during key holidays. However, it's those feasts that could be leading to an unintended consequence: a plague of parasitic bites that is bringing South America to its knees.
Parasitic "vampire" plants may get a bad rep from their name, but new research shows that they aren't so bad, after all, and that they could actually benefit the abundance and diversity of vegetation and animal life around them.
In what can best be described as a form of medical marijuana, new research shows that cannabis use may effectively prevent internal parasites.
Honeybee decline worldwide continues to baffle scientists, and while invasive parasites have been blamed before, new research shows that a tiny single-celled parasite may have a greater-than expected impact on colonies by infecting larvae.
US honeybee populations continue to suffer - the reason for which still eludes scientists - as new research has revealed that their numbers have dropped more than 40 percent during the year spanning April 2014 to April 2015.
We not only have to worry about extreme weather including insane megadroughts and more tornadoes with climate change, but now new research shows increased infectious diseases are also in our future.
Monarch butterflies, which have recently been facing severe habitat loss in the United States, are slowly making a comeback, showing conservationists that they are down, but not out.
Archaeologists recently discovered parasite eggs in a former Celtic settlement in Central Europe, and they are shedding light on diseases during the Iron Age, a new study describes.