Wierd Parasite of the Fish

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by Green Destiny, Nov 12, 2010.

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  3. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Parasites are strange critters that's for sure. It is odd that this one wasn't known about until 2005 as well.
     
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  5. birch Valued Senior Member

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    nature is disgusting and twisted
     
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    It's actually very fascinating how many new species of creature, whether be a parasitic creature or not, each year!
     
  8. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    I just wonder if those critters aren't something else that mutated into another critter because of pollutants, chemicles or other stuff in the environment? :shrug:
     
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    Goodness only knows. It certainly wouldn't be the first time.
     
  10. Skeptical Registered Senior Member

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    Actually, it would. There is no case on record of any species mutating into another species due to pollution or other similar cause.
     
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    I don't know. I think of the simpsons, and that poor fish which has several eyes

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  13. Idle Mind What the hell, man? Valued Senior Member

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    None of those examples have led to a new species.
     
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    Oh, we were talking about new species, of course. I was just being silly, I was just concentrating my efforts on mutations, not necesserily mutations which have caused new species.
     
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    Only been dormant 10 months...too early for a

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  17. Enmos Staff Member

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    Not really. There are far more creepy parasites on this planet.

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  18. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    where does paracyte end and symbote begin?
     
  19. fenrisx Registered Member

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    the fact that it actually replaces the tongue is creepy and wrong
     
  20. Enmos Staff Member

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    Wrong? How so?
    Would you rather have the fish die?
     
  21. birch Valued Senior Member

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    most parasites are harmful and it's no reciprocal relationship where the host benefits at all. in fact, there are horrific parasites. this one is an exception in that it doesn't seem to harm the fish.
     
  22. chimpkin C'mon, get happy! Registered Senior Member

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    Funny, that.

    http://tnjn.com/2010/apr/16/hookworm-to-help-with-allergie/

    So...histamine is a toxic chemical to human intestinal parasites. So these parasites seemed to have evolved a way to lower immune reactivity in the human host.

    Therapeutic levels of hookworm infestation.

    If they do any broad clinical trials in Houston, I am so there...
     
  23. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    wasn't the fish perfectly fine til it removed its tongue? It wouldn't die if it still had its tongue
     

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