Study documents paternal transmission of epigenetic memory via sperm
(University of California - Santa Cruz) Studies of human populations and animal models suggest that a father's experiences such as diet or environmental stress can influence the health and development of his descendants. How these effects are transmitted across generations, however, remains mysterious. A new study in the roundworm C. elegans documents the transmission via sperm of epigenetic marks that are both necessary and sufficient to guide proper development of germ cells in the offspring. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 17, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Teen Youngest Person in History of IDWeek to Present Teen Youngest Person in History of IDWeek to Present
The 13-year-old scientist turned heads at the conference with a newsworthy abstract that examines levels of roundworm contamination in public parks.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

In a tiny worm, a close-up view of where genes are working
(Princeton University, Engineering School) A team at Princeton's Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics has produced new resources for research involving the roundworm C. elegans: a comprehensive view of which genes are active in each of the four major tissues of adult worms, as well as a tool for predicting gene activity across 76 more specific cell types. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 18, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Man almost goes blind after he was infected with roundworm parasite from eating raw chicken sushi
A Japanese man who ate uncooked chicken sashimi went to hospital with chest pain, where doctors diagnosed him with a parasitic illness which had caused growths to appear in his lungs and liver. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Signaling cascade that repairs damaged nerve cells characterized
(Nagoya University) Through a study of roundworm nerve cells with severed axons, researchers at Nagoya University showed that a signaling cascade that normally functions in promoting the phagocytosis of apoptotic cells also acts in inducing axon regeneration. The findings shed light on a fundamental feature of nerve repair, which is limited in the central nervous system in humans, and thus could pave the way towards treatments for brain and spinal cord injuries. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers look to worms for a new model of a peripheral nervous system disease
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists have discovered that a microscopic roundworm develops similar nerve damage to human patients when their muscle cells are genetically engineered to produce TTR proteins. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mosquito screening useful in monitoring lymphatic filariasis re-emergence
(PLOS) To ensure elimination of the Wuchereria bancrofti, a parasitic roundworm that causes lymphatic filariasis, public health workers must follow up mass drug administration with careful monitoring for recurrence. To that end, a study published this week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases analyzes the effectiveness of mosquito screening as a tool to gauge parasite presence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nitric oxide tells roundworms to avoid bad bacteria
(eLife) Nitric oxide gas produced by a type of harmful bacteria lets roundworms know to stay away from it, says a new study published in eLife. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Everything you need to know about ascariasis
Ascariasis occurs when a parasitic roundworm infects a person's small intestine. It may not cause symptoms initially, but an extensive infection can lead to dangerous gastrointestinal blockages. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of ascariasis here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tropical Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Can you treat elephantiasis?
Elephantiasis is a debilitating tropical disease that is spread by mosquito bites. There are many causes, including specific types of parasitic roundworms. It is treated with drugs, and prevention involves avoiding mosquitoes by using nets and insect repellent. Learn more about elephantiasis here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Tropical Diseases Source Type: news

The new tech revolutionizing the global fight against ancient diseases
On the second floor of an infectious-disease research facility in this African capital, Dr. Joseph Kamgno, the country's leading expert on parasitic roundworms, stood at his desk staring down at the black hard-shelled case that had just arrived from a bioengineering lab at the University of California-Berkeley. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sir John Sulston obituary
Pioneering biologist best known for his work on the human genome who was a fierce advocate of free access to scientific dataIn 2002 the biologist John Sulston, who has died of stomach cancer aged 75,shared a Nobel prize for physiology. He won it for elucidating the entire sequence in which the daughters of a single cell divide and sometimes disappear as an embryo grows into an adult in the tiny roundwormCaenorhabditis elegans. However, he is much better known for leading the British team that sequenced a third of the human genome, and for the fierce integrity with which he successfully argued that all genomic data should b...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 11, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Georgina Ferry Tags: Genetics Human Genome Project Biology Science Nobel prizes Science prizes People in science Cancer Cambridge University of Cambridge US news California Source Type: news

Forecast launched to help sheep farmers respond to annual spring threat to young lambs
It may not feel like it in parts of the UK hit by 'The Beast from the East' and Storm Emma, but spring is just around the corner – and with it the annual deadly threat from the roundworm Nematodirus in lambs. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - March 7, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Veterinary School; Press Release Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Baylisascaris procyonis Encephalomyelitis in a Toddler — King County, Washington, 2017
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 18, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The Parasite on the Playground
Roundworm eggs, shed by stray dogs, can be ingested by children playing outside. The worm ’ s larvae have been found in the brain, experts say, perhaps impairing development. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: LAURA BEIL Tags: Parasites Dogs Brain Worms Playgrounds Mental Health and Disorders Clinical Infectious Diseases (Journal) SUNY Downstate Medical Center Source Type: news