Parasitology is the study of organisms that gain nutrients and protection from their host, without any benefit to the host.
A hazardous strain of the deformed wing virus is spreading over the world. Honeybees are infected with the virus, which causes their wings to atrophy and the animals to die. The new form of the virus, which has already displaced the original strain in Europe, is expanding to other parts of the globe and destroying entire bee colonies.
For the first time, a research team has sequenced the genome of a raccoon dog. Genetic data now supports the animal’s ability to spread SARS-CoV-2.
With three out of four newly emerging infectious human diseases originating in animals, there is an urgent need to monitor the legal trade in wildlife, according to new research by Vincent Nijman, Professor in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University.