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A team of researchers has discovered a new species of marine worm in the Mediterranean Sea that has the largest eyes of any known animal. The worm, named Thalassophryne nana, has eyes that are 100 times larger than expected for its body size, allowing it to see in low light conditions. This finding sheds light on the evolution of vision in marine animals and highlights the importance of studying the diverse and unique creatures that inhabit our oceans. The discovery of this remarkable worm also raises questions about the potential benefits of its large eyes and how it may use them to survive in its environment.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2024-04-mediterranean-marine-worm-eyes-big.html

A new study has revealed a horrifying parasitic worm that has the capacity to take control of its host’s mind, through snatching its genes. This species, the dicyemid mesozoan, is related to worms, arthropods, and molluscs, and is found in the digestive tract of ocean filterers like squid. Genetically speaking, it has a genome so small that before now, scientists had no idea it had any genes at all. However, the study showed that in fact this worm steals genes from its host, allowing it to control its movements. Truly a terrifying parasite!

Researchers at a hospital in Atlanta have discovered a parasitic worm capable of entering the human brain. Affected individuals can suffer from swelling in the brain, seizures, and altered behavior. The particular species of worm was found in samples collected from a 28-year-old patient. To prevent further infestations, doctors are recommending the use of mosquito netting and insect repellent. Such a troubling discovery is a reminder of the dangers associated with the global spread of such biological agents.

A newly discovered parasitic worm found in Georgia is capable of causing neurological diseases in humans. The roundworm, called Baylisascaris procyonis, usually affects animals, but instances of human transmission are becoming increasingly common. While the infection is rarely fatal, it can cause severe symptoms such as partial paralysis, brain damage, and vision loss in those affected. Researchers urge people to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their pets from this serious threat.