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MAR 11, 2014 - The Week

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The case for protecting parasites

Parasites are gross. Some of them are downright awful. Fleas are nasty. Plasmodium, the genus of protozoa that causes malaria, deserves our scorn.But that doesn't mean we shouldn't protect them.Ecologists Andrés Gómez and Elizabeth Nichols surveyed 77 different conservation biology textbooks published over 39 years, and found that almost three-quarters of the books "either portray parasites uniquely as threats to conservation goals established for free-living species or do not mention parasites at all." Only one parasite, the pygmy hog-sucking louse, is listed as endangered ... Read More

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