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Did you know that there are more parasites than insects?
That over 1.2 million people in developing countries have hookworms?
That scientists actually think that more people in America are infected by parasites than in Africa?

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Oct. 3rd, 2008 @ 10:04 am Advice needed
Current Location: my new house in Wigan
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: none
Hi guys

I know this has been dead for a while but I was wondering if anyone was still hanging around. I'm after some career advice.

After taking a couple of years to get myself sorted after my BSc in Zoology I'm looking to do a masters. I had thought I had decided on Biology and Control of Parasite and Disease Vectors in Liverpool. I applied for this year but my application went in too late. The professor there has said I have a good chance if I apply early this year.

But after brain storming with a friend and trying to get to the root of what I want to be doing I'm starting to see that the aspect of parasitology that really grips me (well it all grips me but this more than others) is the interaction between parasites and the immune system, in particular the positive effects they can have on the immune system and the possibility of them easing some of the newer 'discomforts' we have. I.e the research being done on Hookworms and hayfever in Birmingham I think, and I think I read about there being a positive side to some intestinal worms in patients with Colitis.

Sooooooo would a parasitology masters help me go this way, or do I need to look more at Immunology? My Immunology grade wasn't great when I did a module for my BSc. Part of me thinks that if I do the Parasitology masters it maybe a lot of what I already know (my Professor during my BSc indicated that as well), but that will mean I will be able to get a good grade in it easily. Or do I take the risk with a subject I am a little more unsteady on and hope it gets me to where I really wanna be?

Answers on a postcard :-)

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Jan. 7th, 2008 @ 04:55 pm This is too cute
Tickles the Tapeworm
Which Parasite Pal Are You? Take The Quiz.

x-posted to miteman
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Laelaps alaskensis
May. 13th, 2006 @ 01:27 pm Delusional parasitosis
Is there anyone out there who still loves parasites? I work for a diagnostic parasitology lab in the UK. We also teach many parasitology courses to different groups. I thought this group would be people who worked with or just 'enjoyed' parasites, but how silly of me to forget the delusionals! Although I'll admit at times it can be a fascinating subject. Apparently it has a similar development to conditions like OCD. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

I'm not talking about IBS here. My lab specialises in investigating IBS, in fact, and is involved with some research linking Parkinsons disease and IBS. Didn't want anyone to think I lack sympathy for IBS sufferers.
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Feb. 2nd, 2006 @ 01:36 am some nice shopping
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: petrol and chlorine - silverchair
hey all stumbled across these on the net thought i'd share them


does anyone else think Taenia spp. looks absolutly huggable there or is it just me...

theyve got Taenia, a whipworm, sheep nematode, dog hookworm and a dog roundworm. really cool but very expensive and postage to the uk is high.

if youre interested in parasites you can cuddle then look here


they have trypanosomes and giradia. want both of those.

just thought id share
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Jan. 29th, 2006 @ 01:20 pm Trichomonas species
Current Mood: confusedconfused
I was reviewing my notes for Trichomonas for my lab this week, and noticed a difference between the slides (which were probubly made before the microsope was invented) and the textbooks and manuals I have. Trichomonas vaginalis is still the same, but all my non-parasitic inhabitant slides for comparison are for Trichomonas hominis. All my texts say Pentatrichomonas huminis, so I was wondering, when did this genus get yanked out? Fun with taxonomy, once again. Anyway, let me know if anyone can/bothers to dig this one up.
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Laelaps alaskensis
Jan. 13th, 2006 @ 02:52 pm US Triatoma border update
Since the release of this article, Chaga's disease and the concern for Triatoma bugs, particularily Triatoma gerstaeckeri, has dramatically raised public awareness.  I have personally identified numerous hemipterans that appear to superifically resemble the potential vector, as well as a few of the actual beasties.  Triatomids do exist in the Trans Pecos region of Texas, but as yet, we have not collected any that have tested positive for Trypanosoma cruzi.  That being said, protosomal organisms have been detected, but as yet, we don't know what they are.  This has been the work on a colleage of mine here at Sul Ross, and other folks at UTEP.  If folks in this part of the country find actual Triatoma gerstaeckeri, please contact me so we can potential have the critter tested.
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Laelaps alaskensis
Jan. 13th, 2006 @ 05:36 pm hello from newbie
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic city
Hi all,

I'm Dans, short for Danielle. I'm a 3rd year undergraduate Zoology student at University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Just about to sit my exam for a parasitology module I did this year, absolutly loved it and have decided I wanna be a parasitologist. I'm just gobsmacked by what these guys can do and I wanna learn more about them and study them. It's the most interesting thing I've ever come across (biology wise).

Been reading a new book The Art Of Being A Parasite by Claude Combes. I highly recomend it. Its been talking abit about parasitic molecules and genomes and it has my head spining. Ive always thought that organisms fight so much to pass thier genes on to the next generation because they are being motivated by that DNA. To find out that we have things that can parasitise our DNA has just sent me spinning. *stops typing before she goes into the really crazy and odd zone*

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Aug. 31st, 2005 @ 08:46 am (no subject)

Parasites brainwash grasshoppers into death dive

August 2005

NewScientist.com news service

Shaoni Bhattacharya

A parasitic worm that makes the grasshopper it invades jump into water and commit suicide does so by chemically influencing its brain, a study of the insects’ proteins reveal.

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Mar. 27th, 2005 @ 05:04 pm Roundworms
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Since I am tormenting my Parasitology class with these critters right now, I thought I would also share with the rest of the parasite community. The nematode that has my class the most distressed, due to the unnerving pictures available, is the filarial worm, Loa loa. This wonderful little beast is found in West Africa nad the Sudan, where the native deer flies spread this worm from human to human. While inside people, it wonders around in our subcutaneous tissues, and has a strong preferance for the eyes. This worm is actually most often diagnosed by seeing in on the cornea of the eye or moving over the bridge of the nose. Lucky, this parasite has not been able to establish itself outside of its native range, so the rest of us can just read about this guy and not worry about it in the middle of the night. For a picture of a Loa loa, go to the following link: http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~parasite/loa.html.
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Laelaps alaskensis
Mar. 26th, 2005 @ 05:14 pm n00b!
hi there,

i found this community by clicking the "amoebas" link in my userinfo, and now i realize that, seriously, amoebas and parasites are way cooler than i thought! i'm here to learn more, so hopefully we can all stay active.
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i'm gonna kill you with my tripod