Sounds Gross, But Intestinal Worms Can Actually Be Good For You

Intestinal worms have an incredibly bad reputation. The thought of them sneaking around inside our bodies and eating us from the inside is pretty unpleasant. But for decades, results coming out of lab after lab have shown that some kinds of helminths can be extremely beneficial to their host, and aren’t parasites at… »10/30/15 10:20am10/30/15 10:20am


This Year the Medicine Nobel Prize Went to a Pair of Parasite Poisons

The 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine just went to three scientists who found parasite-killing chemicals that are now important tools for fighting human diseases. But the chemicals in question weren’t created in a lab: one is produced naturally by a bacterium, the other by a plant used in a traditional… »10/05/15 6:45pm10/05/15 6:45pm

How Did a Rare, Vomit-Inducing Parasite Infect the Water Supply in Lancashire?

More than 300,000 households in Lancashire, England have been warned to boil their water until at least Wednesday to kill any traces of Cryptosporidium, the BBC reports. The nasty livestock parasite, which surfaced last week, probably came from a rotting animal carcass or feces, according to The Guardian. Lovely.
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How a Cat Poop Parasite Could Help Scientists Beat Cancer

This week, a team of researchers at Dartmouth announced an exciting, if terribly disgusting, medical discovery. A single-celled parasite usually found in cats' intestines—and later in their poop—shows unique promise as a cancer treatment. The researchers even think the parasite could enable them to create personalized… »7/17/14 7:11pm7/17/14 7:11pm

Parasitic Cellphone Patent Promotes Community or Gets You Beaten

This cellphone patent from Motorola lets a cellphone keep an eye on its own battery power, and when low, turns the phone into a parasite on neighboring phones. When the juice on your phone gets down to a certain point, the phone switches off all non-essential functions (like dialing and texting) and finds a compatible… »10/16/06 7:15pm10/16/06 7:15pm