About 425 million years ago, a sneaky wormlike parasite invaded a crustacean before the two were fossilized together in the limestone of modern-day England, a new study finds.
They’re small, sneaky, and likely to make you sick. From viruses, to bacteria, to pesky protozoa, here are the latest findings on the parasites that live among (and on, and in) the creatures of the Earth.
The excavation of a roughly 500-year-old latrine in Jerusalem has uncovered thousands of eggs from human parasites, including some that may have come from Northern Europe, a new study finds.
Marine ecologist Paul Sikkel discusses his passion for and work with coral reefs and the best ways to protect them.
In a remote area of Southeast Asia, drones are fighting a battle — not against terrorists or insurgents, but against infectious disease.
When you’re sick, you want the most effective treatment to help get you back on your feet. But what if that involved bugs?
A fungus that turns worker ants into zombie henchmen has a surprisingly clever strategy to recruit new hosts.
With the increase of cross-species disease it is important to understand how disease, species-interactions and biodiversity interact.
The fossil of a wild-looking parasite with a tiny head and whose midbody evolution transformed into a sucking plate, has been discovered in what is now northeastern China.
An ancient flatworm egg found at a burial site in Syria may be the oldest evidence of man-made technologies fueling the rise of a parasitic disease.
From drying clothes to surrounding the house with wood chips, here are 10 ways to avoid tick bites, which can transmit a host of diseases.
Unlike most barnacles that are happy to simply stick themselves to a rock and filter food from the water, Sacculina and its kin have evolved to be parasitic, and they are horrifyingly good at it.
Is human evolution over? That’s the question Briana Pobiner, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, asked an audience at the Future is Here festival.
Instead of through the air or directly by human contact, these pathogens need to hitch a ride for transmission. Vectors are any organisms that carry disease-causing pathogens from host to host.
Many microscopic bugs and bacteria live on our skin and within our various nooks and crannies. Almost anywhere on (or even within) the human body can be home to these enterprising bugs.
Amoebae can kill human cells by eating them alive, biting off chunks of intestinal cells until they die, a new study finds. This is the first time scientists have seen this method of cell killing.