Monday, January 10, 2020
First New Species of Medicinal Leech Discovered Since 1975
Published in the Journal of Parasitology, an international collaboration between researchers in the US, Canada and Mexico gains media attention around the world for the discovery of a new species of medicinal leech.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
President Calls for Enhanced Diversity and Inclusion within American Society of Parasitologists
In a published address by Susan Perkins, immediate past president of ASP, Perkins brings attention to the issue of diversity within the society, highlighting steps the society has taken toward inclusion and suggested improvements for the future.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Newly Validated Blood Test for Pork Tapeworm in Humans and Pigs
A recent study published in The Journal of Parasitology validated and tested an antibody assay on blood samples collected from several regions in Morelos, Mexico, to estimate the prevalence of Cysticercosis, an infection caused by a pork tapeworm, in pigs and humans. Their findings will help authorities with strategic control strategies in the area.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
American Society of Parasitologists Relaunches Journal of Parasitology for the Next 100 Years
The American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) has announced that it has eliminated page charges for members publishing in the society’s journal, The Journal of Parasitology (JP). This change will go into effect with the 2019 volume of the journal.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
New Clues about the Blood-Clotting Ability of Leeches
In a published study in the newest issue of The Journal of Parasitology researchers examine anticoagulant compounds in leeches. What they found was a surprising possible connection to another species and information that can help provide clues into leech evolution.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Tapeworm Diversity Continues to Expand
In the newest issue of The Journal of Parasitology researchers from the University of Connecticut and Martha’s Vineyard High School discover a new species that exclusively parasitize sawfish. This new discovery showcases the biodiversity of tapeworms and underscores the need for more research.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
International Collaboration Helps Refine Tapeworm Taxonomy
In a recent article in The Journal of Parasitology, researchers studied the taxonomy of a group of tapeworms in North America. They discovered that these tapeworms have diverse characteristics and proposed that the current genus should be split into two classifications.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Mosquitos Found Carrying Avian Malaria Parasites
In a recent article published in The Journal of Parasitology researchers collected and analyzed mosquitos from sites throughout Mississippi in an effort to discern which of them were Haemosporida carriers. The study examined the correlation between infection and what specific animals they primarily feed on.
Tuesday, November 13, 2017
Predictive Modeling for Climate Change Effects on Parasites
A recent article in The Journal of Parasitology explores the research models being utilized to study the effect of climate change on host-parasite interactions. A new step-by-step research guide has been introduced that will assist researchers in writing theories on this topic.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Mummified Remains Show Patterns of Parasitic Infections
A recent article in The Journal of Parasitology discusses how parasites may have affected people living in pre-modern Korean society. The study showcases the discovery of a mummy in South Korea, and the parasitic findings of
Tuesday, June 28, 2017
Milkweed Toxin Aids in the Survival of Monarch Butterflies
A recent article in The Journal of Parasitology explores the relationship between parasites and their hosts. The study examines various stages of the parasite life cycle and how monarch butterflies utilize toxins in milkweed plants to ward off parasites.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
New Strain of Parasite Found in Free-Range Chickens of Grenada
A recent study in The Journal of Parasitology discovered a novel genotype of the T.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Cat Parasite Linked to Likelihood of Alzheimer’s Disease
A study in the current issue of The Journal of Parasitology tested whether there was a link between a common parasite and Alzheimer's disease. The authors found that if their results hold true, the parasite may be a public health concern for newborns as well as adults.
Wednesday, November 11, 2016
Question of Space May Hold Answers to Parasite Diversity
The theory that diversity begets diversity proposes that the number of parasite species grows as hosts evolve into new species. According to a new article in the Journal of Parasitology, spatial scale is the key to how this diversity increases.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
New Parasite Named in Honor of President Obama
A recent article in The Journal of Parasitology details the discovery of a new species of parasitic flatworms. The researchers named the species in honor of President Barack Obama, a distant relative of one of the co-authors of the study.
Friday, August 26, 2016
Can Parasitology Ride the Rising Star of Disease Ecology?
With a shared focus on host–pathogen relationships, parasitology and disease ecology seem to have a lot in common. But parasitology lacks the eye-catching—and wallet-opening—emphasis on known diseases. By working more closely with disease ecologists, could parasitologists gain more support for work crucial to predicting and controlling infectious diseases?
Wednesday, June 21, 2016
Compounds Hold Promise for New Toxoplasmosis Drug
A study in the current issue of The Journal of Parasitology was conducted to determine whether certain compounds can fight the T. gondii parasite. The authors utilized a model in which toxoplasmosis existed at birth to assess the anti-Toxoplasma effects of two different compounds.