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In Defense of Parasites: Seeking to start a conservation conversation, a group of scientists points out that par...

In Defense of Parasites: Seeking to start a conservation conversation, a group of scientists points out that par...

Center for Biodiversity and Conservation/American Museum of Natural History Andres Gómez, an ecologist at the American Museum of Natural History, removing barnacles and other invertebrate parasites from a sea turtle. Would you purposely allow Schistosoma worms to burrow into your body and take up residence in your bloodstream, lungs and liver? Or perhaps allow writhing botfly larvae to feast upon your juices before popping out of your skin as a hairy fly? While not proposing anything nearly so extreme, a group of conservationists is calling for a better understanding of parasites, those almost universally hated creatures. Oxford University Press “We’re trying to find elegant ways to spread the message that parasites are very important parts of ecosystems, and that any reasons for conserving any animal out there — from pandas to blue whales — also apply to parasites,” said ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/in-defense-of-p...

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