Scientists have learned that a common parasite of sea turtles is capable of surviving ridiculously cold temperatures — a finding that could lead to the development of advanced cryopreservation techniques.
In 1994, a group of Norwegian researchers embarked upon a groundbreaking study as to whether garlic was an effective deterrent against blood-sucking Nosferatus. Did this timeworn wisdom withstand the rigors of the laboratory?
As part of our ongoing Hardcore Science Interview series, we interviewed the American Natural History Museum's invertebrate zoology curator, Mark Siddall. A world-renowned expert on leeches, he told us about how these strange creatures reproduce by inseminating each other (yes, they are hermaphrodites) . . . and how…
You're out in the wilderness — or maybe just your front yard — and you see a really weird animal. It's like a cross between a bat and a frog. Have you discovered a new species? If so, how would you prove it?
This is Tyrannobdella rex, a newly-discovered leech species named for its terrifying, human-looking teeth. And now scientists know more about why it wants nothing more than to swim up your nose or into your mouth.
Over at the NCBI ROFL blog, we've learned about a crucial medical research paper recently published in a scientific journal: A study of seven leeches removed from six people's nostrils. Do the math. Yuck. One leech was 12 cm long!