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Don't blame the deer for ticks

Cases of the tick-borne Lyme disease have increased in recent years, but this cannot be explained solely by the increasing population of deer.

Ants care for their sick to avoid epidemics

Even though ants live and work close together in colonies, their nests are rarely hit by epidemics.

Scientists to investigate a strange fungus that attacks millipedes

Little known parasitic fungi will be examined closely for the first time.

Dead parasites in your sushi can trigger allergic reaction

Eating raw fish containing tiny dead roundworms can cause an allergic reaction and at worst send your body into shock.

DNA study: Vikings were plagued by intestinal parasites

A study of the remains of a 1,000 year old latrine reveals an unpleasant fact about the Vikings.

Missing link found on sharks

On any visit to a rocky seashore, you are likely to spot barnacles, unoffendingly stuck to hard surfaces. But barnacles in a fjord in Norway have become parasites that eat fish through feeding stems.

Scientists worry about parasite hosted by foxes

The dwarf tapeworm has not yet been detected in Norway, but researchers are concerned that it soon will be.

Not just one type of salmon louse

New results show that there are two sub-species of salmon lice. This fact may be vital to the development of new lice treatments for salmon, since different sub-species don’t necessarily react in the same way to medications.

Primitive worms threaten harvests

They live in the soil, are numerous, and can be microscopic. Yet nematodes can effectively kill off fruit trees and cereals.

Beware the bite of the warble fly

Reindeer aren't the only animals to suffer from attacks by the warble fly -- the insect will attack humans, too. The flies leave behind an unwelcome gift of eggs that mature under the skin and that in the worst cases can cause blindness.

What will our climate look like in 2050?

Knowing that we have the power to influence global climate is enormously important when trying to imagine what our climate might look like in 2050. To a large degree, it will depend on actions our leaders take now and in the immediate future.