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

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 American … » 8/10/12 11:00am 8/10/12 11:00am