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Hand illustrated diagrams of parasite life cycles, with written explanations.
posted by Panjandrum (24 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

Borked for me.
posted by cmoj at 10:42 AM on April 7, 2010

oops.. I'm getting an error message with that link (page can't be found)...
posted by HuronBob at 10:43 AM on April 7, 2010

It appears to be collapsing under the load of all this interest - but great site, charming illustrations. I will have to remember to come back another time.
posted by idiopath at 10:43 AM on April 7, 2010

Uh-oh, I think we just Frontlined that site. The two pages I saw were rather charming, though. And who knew that you could get pregnant from cleaning a litter box?
posted by maudlin at 10:44 AM on April 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

This is really great! Her drawing of the snail host on this page is particularly realistic, I fear.
posted by heyho at 10:52 AM on April 7, 2010

Those are sweet. Here's a Coral cache for anyone else experiencing loading problems.
posted by carsonb at 10:57 AM on April 7, 2010

oh. my. Parasites make me afraid of the world. On the other hand, it is true that I don't regularly participate in certain high risk activities...

Some tribes in Africa train their dogs to lick vomitus off of young children's faces, thereby contaminating them with eggs that may be clinging to the dog's muzzle as a result of the dog licking it's anus after defecating.

For instance.
posted by bumpkin at 11:04 AM on April 7, 2010

Heh. I like these, but I guess I have a soft spot for parasites (which is a figure of speech more than a reference to my viscera).
posted by Greg Nog at 11:06 AM on April 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

Nice para sites you linked to there.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:12 AM on April 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

These are great! I guess we all have a soft spot for parasites. Probably several.
posted by applemeat at 11:14 AM on April 7, 2010

Sure, blame it all on the raw sausage eating immigrants.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 11:29 AM on April 7, 2010

Just as I was just trying to forget this photoset. Uh-oh, what's that bump?
posted by kinnakeet at 11:33 AM on April 7, 2010

This is flippin' awesome. If only I could get this guy to illustrate some of my wife's drosophila research.
posted by slogger at 11:47 AM on April 7, 2010

Is it necessary to be concerned about these parasites if your shit doesn't stink?
posted by digsrus at 11:59 AM on April 7, 2010

Some tribes in Africa train their dogs to lick vomitus off of young children's faces...

you hardly need to train a dog to lick up some tasty vomit, quite the opposite.
posted by at 12:25 PM on April 7, 2010

bad news, digsrus: if your shit doesn't stink, that means it already got you - it makes you think your shit don't stink as a part of its reproduction and spreading strategy.
posted by idiopath at 12:26 PM on April 7, 2010

Not just no, but HELL no I'm not clicking on that. As a matter of fact, I disbelieve this entire thing. *lalalaIcan'thearyoulalala*
posted by Space Kitty at 12:51 PM on April 7, 2010

From Life Cycle of Naegleria fowleri: "Brain lysis as a result of amebae permeating cribiform plate. (Brain doesn't really pour out of the ear. That's artistic license.)"

I'm glad she pointed that out. It's an alarming picture.
posted by Faze at 1:32 PM on April 7, 2010

If you like this, you'll love the Meguro Parasitological Museum in Japan.
Lots of specimens in jars. The labels next to the jars were in Japanese, but some of them had helpful illustrations similar to the drawings in this post. I was not happy to see what was clearly sushi in some of the illustrations.
posted by Drab_Parts at 2:11 PM on April 7, 2010

Here's a great book for kids on parasites: What's Eating You?: Parasites -- The Inside Story
posted by ShooBoo at 4:30 PM on April 7, 2010

Just one more reason to not like cats: T. gondii

*smirks, runs away*
posted by Quietgal at 6:26 PM on April 7, 2010

Quietgal: "Just one more reason to not like cats"

There is a new version: Toxoplasmosis Gondry

It makes you think that you are a whimsical French director, and spends half of its lifespan incubating inside cardboard props.
posted by idiopath at 6:46 PM on April 7, 2010

See also: blown glass microbiology.
posted by Evilspork at 5:01 AM on April 8, 2010

I was just catching up with the latest This American Life podcast and found that last Saturday's show (Enemy Lines 2010) includes not just one but two features on parasites. Carl Zimmer tells some lovely tales in Act II, and Act III features a man who was desperate enough to treat his severe asthma by deliberately infecting himself with parasites -- and then branched out. Must be heard to be believed.
posted by maudlin at 9:04 PM on April 8, 2010

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