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All About Parasites
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All About Parasites

Listen closely to this story. There’s this “friend” who always takes but never gives. When he's taken all he can, he moves on to someone else. Sound familiar? He’s a total parasite!

In the animal kingdom, parasites use other organisms for food or shelter, often killing them (slowly) in the process. Explore the world of parasites.

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The Enemy Within: 10 Human Parasites

The Enemy Within: 10 Human Parasites

Stroll through this unpleasant gallery of parasites, all of which are known to infect humans. You may not want to look right before or after eating. More...

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New Scientist
Snail Zombies

Snail Zombies

What happens when a parasite hijacks a snail’s brain, turning it into a zombie? Well, it can’t be too good for the snail…. More...

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National Geographic
How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

Some people think Jaroslav Flegr is a mad scientist. His research suggests a cat parasite can take control of human brains. He even says it happened to him! Now other scientists are taking a closer look. More...

Profile
The Atlantic
Malaria Lifecycle

Malaria Lifecycle

Parasites cause malaria, a disease that's responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. The parasite infects mosquitoes and is transferred to humans through bites. Investigate the malaria lifecycle. More...

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The Wellcome Trust
Beyond the Kiss, Mistletoe Helps Feed Forests, Study Suggests

Beyond the Kiss, Mistletoe Helps Feed Forests, Study Suggests

Being a parasite isn't always a bad thing. Mistletoe — the same evergreen leaves and berries we associate with Christmas — is a parasitic plant. But it turns out it can mean the kiss of life to struggling woodlands. More...

Article
New York Times
Caribou Migration

Caribou Migration

What could possibly force Canadian caribou to abandon prime feeding grounds and trek 6,000 miles in 1 year? Hint: It’s a tiny pest that loves blood. Take a look. More...

Video
Discovery
Pandemic 2

Pandemic 2

Tired of seeing things from a human perspective? This game challenges you to create a virus, bacterium, or parasite so successful it wipes out every last person on Earth. More...

Game
Crazy Monkey Games
Parasite Prevalence Maps

Parasite Prevalence Maps

Parasites sometimes find their way to us through our pets, or they may make our pets sick. Explore this map to see what parasites most affect pets in your area. More...

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CAPC
Parasitic Wasps and Aphids

Parasitic Wasps and Aphids

Wasps have an insidious plan for aphids, injecting them with eggs that grow in their bodies, killing them from the inside out. More...

Video
National Geographic
The Tongue-Eating Parasite

The Tongue-Eating Parasite

Do you like gross science? If so, you’ll love Cymothoa exigua, a crustacean that fits in the mouth of fish and eats the fish's tongue and sucks its blood. More...

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NOVA/PBS
What Makes Our Skin Crawl?

What Makes Our Skin Crawl?

Parasites are all around us. Knowledge is power! Test yourself to see how much you know about these creepy crawlies. More...

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Discovery

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