Monthly Archives: April 2021
Pork tapeworm: a parasite that afflicts poor, marginalised farming and rural communities within 56 countries across the globe. Matt Dixon looks at how a One Health strategy could drive down infections and prevent a major cause of epilepsy in low and middle income countries, neurocysticercosis.
A fully resolved, chromosome-level genome assembly of a tapeworm provides the first complete picture of a representative of one of the three major branches of animal life, the Lophotrochozoa, providing a resource free from sampling error and revealing unexpected insights into chromosome evolution.
Small mammals (including mice, voles, and shrews) are found globally and many species are happy to live next door or even within the same house as humans. They can play an important role in vector-borne diseases by hosting and supporting a diverse array of fleas, ticks and mites. A recent study in Germany examined the diversity and drivers of these parasite communities found on small mammals in different habitats that humans frequent.