The most recent of a series of studies has confirmed that larvae of a woodpecker tapeworm induce alterations in the life history traits of their ant host, including a remarkably prolonged lifespan and the ability to procure more social care from unparasitized nest-mates than does the colony queen.
The control and elimination of Schistosomiasis is a huge project and has gained an increasing amount of manpower and financial resources. A new study discusses machine learning approaches to improve the control of schistosomiasis.
A recent study looked at the diversity of rodents and their bacterial pathogens to better understand how human disease risk changes in declining urban environments. The scientists studied Leptospira bacteria in rodents across a gradient of urban decline in post-Katrina New Orleans.