Parasitology

Parasitology is the scientific discipline concerned with the study of the biology of parasites and parasitic diseases, including the distribution, biochemistry, physiology, molecular biology, ecology, evolution and clinical aspects of parasites, including the host response to these agents.

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    Changes in the gut microbiome are thought to be important environmental triggers for inflammatory forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis. Could interactions between gut parasites, such as helminths, and gut microbiota be the key to normalizing an unbalanced microbiome and preventing arthritis?

    • Gillian Coakley
    •  & Nicola L. Harris
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    A large-scale comparative genomic survey of Cryptosporidium species and subtypes reveals a cryptic anthroponotic Cryptosporidium parvum branch and a large, recent superclade of species and subtypes that undergo genetic exchange, potentially facilitating host associations.

    • Jessica C. Kissinger
    Nature Microbiology 4, 730-731
  • Research Highlights |

    A recent study shows that phosphatidic acid produced during infection acts as an intrinsic signal that governs natural egress of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii through a guanylate cyclase signalling platform.

    • Ashley York