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Single-cell parasites co-opt 'ready-made' genes from host: UBC research
Two species of single-cell parasites have co-opted "ready-made" genes from their hosts that in turn help them exploit their hosts, according to a new study by University of British Columbia and University of Ottawa researchers. View News Article (2012-07-19)

No idle chatter: Study finds malaria parasites 'talk' to each other
Melbourne scientists have made the surprise discovery that malaria parasites can 'talk' to each other - a social behaviour to ensure the parasite's survival and improve its chances of being transmitted to other humans. View News Article (2013-05-16)

Captured: Mysterious oyster killers
University of British Columbia researchers have apprehended tiny, elusive parasites that have plagued oysters from British Columbia to California. View News Article (2013-07-26)

Parasite strategy offers insight to help tackle sleeping sickness
Fresh insight into the survival strategy of the parasite that causes sleeping sickness could help inform new treatments for the disease. View News Article (2011-04-22)

Passenger Screening Advised To Cut Risk Of Importing Drug-Resistant Malaria To Africa
Imported resistance has rendered ineffective the two affordable malaria drugs which have been the mainstay of malaria treatment in Africa for forty years, according to experts writing today in the journal Science. Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and colleagues from institutions in the USA, South Africa and Thailand believe that mutations causing drug resistance... View News Article (2004-08-16)

Parasites in humans influence each other via shared food sources
Humans are often infected by parasites, sometimes even several species at a time.  View News Article (2014-03-12)

Global warming changes balance between parasite and host in fish -- new study
Parasitic worms that infect fish, and have a devastating effect on fish reproduction, grow four times faster at higher temperatures - providing some of the first evidence that global warming affects the interactions between parasites and their hosts. View News Article (2011-12-05)

What gives us sunburn protects crayfish against bacteria
The production of melanin gives us sunburns, but it also helps invertebrate animals to encapsulate attacking fungi and parasites. View News Article (2007-09-25)

Simple math may solve longstanding problem of parasite energetics
Feeling faint from the flu? Is your cold causing you to collapse? Your infection is the most likely cause, and, according to a new study by UC Santa Barbara research scientist Ryan Hechinger, it may be possible to know just how much energy your bugs are taking from you. View News Article (2013-07-03)

How mosquitoes could teach us a trick in the fight against malaria
The means by which most deadly malaria parasites are detected and killed by the mosquitoes that carry them is revealed for the first time in research published today (5 March) in Science Express. The discovery could help researchers find a way to block transmission of the disease from mosquitoes to humans.  View News Article (2009-03-06)

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