The tongue-eating louse is a charming little isopod that likes to burrow into a fish's gills, settle in its mouth, then suck the blood out of its tongue until it falls off so that it can replace the organ and dine on the mucus.
The non-native species doesn't wait for stationary hosts. It actively pursues them, scuttling over the ground to secure a blood meal.
Even when two-thirds of their bodies are composed of fungal spores, the host cicadas continue to attempt mating in a drugged-out stupor.
A mosquito-borne disease might be responsible for the Louisiana Purchase.
They're not uncommon in lakes and rivers.
With the ability to control and even kill their hosts, each one of these parasites could star as the next terror of the silver screen.
Time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating Lyme disease.
Helminthic therapy is unproven for many conditions and is currently illegal in most countries.
The culprit is parasites, not pollution.
Contrary to prior reports, the new study found that living with a cat before birth or in childhood did not increase adolescents’ risk of experiencing psychotic episodes.
Scientists say Toxoplasma gondii can hack into and rewire a host’s immune system to suit its own purposes.
Researchers say the behavior of zebrafish, long used as a proxy for humans, is significantly altered by infection with a common parasite.
Helminth infection changes the balance of bacteria in a person’s gut, overpowering the bacteria that cause IBD.
The collection dates back to 1892 and contains around 20 million specimens.
Scientists say parasitic worms in the guts of Vikings may have made their modern descendants more vulnerable to lung issues.