As a child growing up in the rural outskirts of Hong Kong, "wash your hands" was a frequent -- and wise -- admonition. The simple act of eating a piece of fruit or a chocolate bar with soiled fingers and licking those delicious flavors off already dirty hands may have resulted in a stomachache, or so much worse. I was lucky. Even today, intestinal worms caused by lack of access to water for handwashing affects nearly a quarter of the people on this planet.
My students often remark on a 'weird' smell that comes from our vermicomposting bin in the classroom. A slightly "earthy" smell is produced as the worms break down fruits, vegetables, and starches into fertilizer that contains readily available phosphorous.
A wormy ancestor A modern pterobranch, Rhabdopleura normani. Each of these tube-dwelling worms is only 0.02 inches (0.5 mm
You may also think humans own the planet. You’d be wrong. Worms like the one in this video are Earth’s animal overlords; nematodes
"My personal favorite is Toxoplasma gondii," Dr. Farrell wrote, "the protozoan that infects cats (and is the reason pregnant
That feathery shape has evolved, as it so often has, to maximize surface area for the aforementioned eating and breathing
PBS spoke to Paul Sternberg, a nematode geneticist at the California Institute of Technology who wasn't involved in the study
In the adjoining museum devoted to the history of the Jews of Worms, there is a chilling photograph of the synagogue going up in flames during Kristallnacht.