Schistosoma mansoni parasite. In 2009 researchers from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and other institutions crack the genetic code of Schistosoma mansoni, a flatworm that can live up to 10 years on average in humans. The parasite is endemic in many tropical areas of the world.
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Colorful killers. A new vaccine protects mice against parasites that cause leishmaniasis. A vaccine could save tens of thousands of lives every year. Scientists report that they have used snippets of DNA to spur mice to fight back against parasites responsible for the illness, an approach they hope to soon begin testing in people. Leishmaniasis is caused by microscopic parasites of genus Leishmania; 20 different species can sicken humans, hits poor residents of tropical countries hardest.
Time to take “neglected” out of neglected tropical diseases.
Sagaminopteron psychedelicum Nudibranch. Originally described from Guam, this animal is now known from many parts of the tropical western Pacific Maximal size : 20 mm. Frequently on the reef flat zone and the fore reef zone. (psychedelicum, indeed. rw)
Prosthogonimus macrorchis, a flatworm poultry parasite. Prosthogonimus macrorchis, a flatworm poultry parasite. A digenetic trematode (family Prosthogonimidae) located in the oviduct and bursa fabricii of poultry in North America, particularly common in states bordering the Great Lakes. (www.medilexicon.com) Credit: Mr. Spike Walker 2010 Honorable Mention - Olympus BioScapes 2010