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Background Reduced representation genomic datasets are increasingly becoming available from a variety of organisms. These datasets do not target specific genes, and so may contain sequences from parasites and other organisms present in the target tissue sample....

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4662
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Serpins are a broadly distributed superfamily of protease inhibitors that are present in all kingdoms of life. The acronym, serpin, is derived from their function as potent serine proteases inhibitors. Early studies of serpins focused on their functions in haemostasis...

["Biochemistry","Microbiology","Parasitology","Immunology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4557
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Parasites are well-known to alter the behavior of their hosts, but there is still a paucity of knowledge about how parasites modify the behavior of many ecologically influential host species. I studied the keystone grazer, the salt marsh periwinkle (Littoraria...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Marine Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4544
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Haemonchus contortus is the most pathogenic nematode of small ruminants. Infection in sheep and goats results in anaemia that decreases animal productivity and can ultimately cause death. The involvement of ruminant-specific galectin-11 (LGALS-11) and galectin-14...

["Biochemistry","Parasitology","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4510
146 downloads
855 views

Zika virus (ZIKV) is a vector-borne flavivirus that has caused recent outbreaks associated with serious disease in infants and newborns in the Americas. Aedes mosquitoes are the primary vectors for ZIKV, but little is known about the diversity of mosquitoes that...

["Entomology","Parasitology","Virology","Infectious Diseases","Public Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4324
88 downloads
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We present Skan (Skeleton analysis), a Python library for the analysis of the skeleton structures of objects. It was inspired by the “analyse skeletons” plugin for the Fiji image analysis software, but its extensive Application Programming Interface (API) allows...

["Biochemistry","Bioinformatics","Parasitology","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4312
69 downloads
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The endangered marine gastropod, Lobatus gigas, is an important fishery resource in the Caribbean region. Microbiological and parasitological research of this species have been poorly addressed despite its role in ecological fitness, conservation status and prevention...

["Biodiversity","Genomics","Marine Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4307
284 downloads
601 views

Background Worldwide, the number of recorded human hantavirus infections as well as the number of affected countries is on the rise. In Europe, most human hantavirus infections are caused by the Puumala virus (PUUV), with bank voles (Myodes glareolus) as reservoir...

["Parasitology","Infectious Diseases","Public Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4255
94 downloads
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Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae are the two main microsporidian parasites causing nosematosis in the honey bee Apis mellifera. The aim of the present study is to investigate the presence of Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae in the area of Bulgaria. The 16S (SSU) rDNA...

["Entomology","Genetics","Parasitology","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4252
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Schistosomiasis is a detrimental neglected tropical disease that is transmitted by Planorbid snails. Understanding the transmission and control of this disease requires an extensive understanding of these intermediate hosts, which is only achieved by the effective...

["Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4171
85 downloads
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The phylogenetic position of three taxa from two trematode genera, belonging to the subfamily Acanthostominae (Opisthorchioidea: Cryptogonimidae), were analysed using partial 28S ribosomal DNA (Domains 1–2) and internal transcribed spacers (ITS1–5.8S–ITS2). Bayesian...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4158
5 citations
315 downloads
2,408 views

Background Managed, feral and wild populations of European honey bee subspecies, Apis mellifera, are currently facing severe colony losses globally. There is consensus that the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor, that switched hosts from the Eastern honey bee...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3956
115 downloads
548 views

Background The current first line drugs for treating uncomplicated malaria are artemisinin (ART) combination therapies. However, Plasmodium falciparum parasites resistant to ART and partner drugs are spreading, which threatens malaria control efforts. Rodent malaria...

["Bioinformatics","Genetics","Genomics","Microbiology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3766
107 downloads
1,052 views

Two digging decapod crustaceans, the sand crab species Lepidopa benedicti and the mole crab species Emerita benedicti, both live in the swash zone of fine sand beaches. They were examined for two parasites that infect decapod crustaceans in the region, an unidentified...

["Animal Behavior","Marine Biology","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3852
214 downloads
1,745 views

Background The 152 extant species of kissing bug include important vectors of the debilitating, chronic, and often fatal Chagas disease, which affects several million people mainly in Central and South America. An understanding of the natural hosts of this speciose...

["Entomology","Molecular Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3826

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