Parasitic worms in your shellfish lead a creepy but popular lifestyle

Mud blister worms make their homes in the shells of oysters and other shellfish, where they weaken their hosts.

Andrew David, Assistant Professor of Biology, Clarkson University • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biology shellfish worms calcium-carbonate aquaculture food-webs ecosystems invasive-species parasites zoology scallops abalone larvae

Mealworms could gobble up our big plastic problem

Mealworms can eat plastic and Styrofoam without taking on their toxins, which means they could safely become food for animals.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 20, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: pollution insects worms earth-and-environment plastics

Harvard study unlocks a key to regeneration

Led by Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Mansi Srivastava, a team of researchers is shedding new light on how animals perform whole-body regeneration, and uncovering a number of DNA switches that appear to control genes used in the process.

Peter Reuell • harvard
March 14, 2019 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  dna  genes  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  andrew-gehrke  early-growth-response  egr  gehrke  mansi-srivastava  noncoding-dna  regeneration  srivastava  three-banded-panther-worms  whole-body-regeneration  worms

To find food, hungry worms get their wiggle on

A roundworm will spend up to 20 minutes just wiggling around looking for a snack in its immediate surrounding. But it's more strategic than it looks.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Feb. 27, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: food memory worms brains science-and-technology

‘Scores’ of parasite genomes may lead to new treatments

One in four people carry a parasitic worm. Now, reseearchers have sequenced the genomes of 81 species, which could help fight the global health theat.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Nov. 20, 2018 ~4 min

Tags: worms parasites health-and-medicine immune-systems

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