Meet The Parasitic Worm That's Killing Giant Pandas

Pandas used to die of starvation, which was easy to resolve. But now they're being plagued by a parasite — and we don't have a vaccine. » 1/29/15 10:20am 1/29/15 10:20am

This Parasite Can Hijack A Plant's Reproductive System

Researchers in the UK have unlocked the mystery behind a freaky bacterial pathogen that hijacks a plant's reproductive capacities — a nefarious process that essentially converts hosts into the living dead. » 4/09/14 12:20pm 4/09/14 12:20pm

This mysterious brain-eating amoeba is the stuff of nightmares

A microscopic view of the brain-eating amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri reveals a trio of feeding structures, twisted into a macabre clown-face. The parasitic organism – which lives in warm bodies of fresh water – has infected 128 people since 1962. Only one has survived. » 8/06/13 4:00pm 8/06/13 4:00pm

This scientific article about poop may have the best title in the…

Here now for your consideration is "An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of Shit," — a real research article published by real scientists in the latest issue of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, a real, peer-reviewed scientific journal. » 1/03/13 1:02pm 1/03/13 1:02pm

Can we stop the spread of brain-eating amoebas that killed two children…

Back in December, authorities learned that Naegleria fowleri — a deadly, brain-eating amoeba, pictured here — was living in Louisiana tapwater, infecting its victims' grey matter by way of neti pot. » 8/15/12 4:00pm 8/15/12 4:00pm

Why doctors are treating allergies with parasitic worms

Hookworms are ghastly little creatures. Tiny, parasitic, and frighteningly invasive, these wriggling hell-spawn consistently rank among leading causes of morbidity in underdeveloped nations, abound in regions of the world suffering from poor sanitation, and have been described by various epidemiologists as "the… » 8/10/12 11:00am 8/10/12 11:00am