Genomes of limpet, leech and worm put spotlight on lophotrochozoans
A new report in the journal Nature unveils three of the first genomes from a vast, understudied swath of the animal kingdom that includes as many as one-quarter of Earth's marine species. By publishing the ge ...
The new T. rex: A leech with an affinity for noses
A new leech species with ferociously large teeth -- recently discovered in noses of children that swam in Peruvian rivers -- is providing insight into the evolutionary relationships among all the leeches that ...
Fighting fire with fire: 'Vampire' bacteria has potential as living antibiotic
A vampire-like bacteria that leeches onto specific other bacteria including certain human pathogens has the potential to serve as a living antibiotic for a range of infectious diseases, a new study indicates.
Switching senses: Biologists find that leeches shift the way they locate prey in adulthood
(PhysOrg.com) -- Many meat-eating animals have unique ways of hunting down a meal using their senses. To find a tasty treat, bats use echolocation, snakes rely on infrared vision, and owls take advantage of ...
Serotonin and heat play a role in leeches abilities
Scientists establish leech as model for study of reproductive behavior
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have discovered that injecting a simple hormone into leeches creates a novel way to study how hormones and ...
Contrary to popular belief, investment banks do add value to M&As, new study shows
Investment bankers often are stereotyped as greedy, overpaid leeches who will say or do anything for a quick buck.
Leeches are DNA bloodhounds in the jungle
Copenhagen Zoo and University of Copenhagen have in collaboration developed a new and revolutionary, yet simple and cheap, method for tracking mammals in the rainforests of Southeast Asia. They collect leeches from tropical ...
How bacteria keep us healthy
(PhysOrg.com) -- Joerg Graf is studying medicinal leeches for clues about how changes in diet affect microorganisms in the digestive tract.