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Mar. 27th, 2005 @ 05:04 pm Roundworms
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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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Date:March 27th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
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I love loa loa.
Too bad it doesnt go around causing fatal diseases or something... errr... I mean. Fortunately.
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Date:March 27th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
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that's a wonderful picture!
Date:April 26th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
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Wow! that's totally crazy. I love that picture; I want to send it to everyone I know!

I'm wondering, do you have anyone auditing your parasitology class? There is an upper level class in the department at my University but I am not a bio major.... I was planning on emailing the professor and asking if I can audit the class because I'd really like to learn more about parasites, but I think that would make appear to to be a weirdo. ...Oh well, I think I'll do it anyway!
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Date:April 28th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
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I havn't had someone ask to audit parasitology yet, but I would be more than happy to let them. Most folks love to see interest in their classes and personal research interests, and if you want to audit rather than take (and not have the hassle of exams), I see no problem with it. Next year I am be offering it as a distance/webcourse, so you might be able to piggy back that when it come around in the Spring.
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Date:January 13th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
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wow i love that picture it is sooooo cool