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Todor Genov Birthday (5th October1932)

Todor Genov (1932-2009) was one of the Bulgarian Great Parasitologists workiGenov Todor2ng in Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Sir Alexander Fleming Birthday Anniversary(6 August)

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Sir Alexander Fleming(6.August.1881 Lochfield Farm, Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland- 11.March.1955 London)-Scottish bacteriologist- is best known for his discovery of penicillin. Fleming had a genius for technical ingenuity and original observation. His work on wound infection and lysozyme, an antibacterial enzyme found in tears and saliva, guaranteed him a place in the history of bacteriology. But it was his discovery of penicillin in 1928, which started the antibiotic revolution, that sealed his lasting reputation. Fleming was recognized for this achievement in 1945, when he received the Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with Australian pathologist Howard Walter Florey and British biochemist Ernst Boris Chain, both of whom isolated and purified penicillin .(ref: Britannica Encyclopedia)

The Great Parasitologist’s Birthday(23 June 1926)

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Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior was created a Conservative life baron in 1990.

A distinguished parasitologist and microbiologist, Lord Soulsby is past President of the Royal Society of Medicine, past President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. Lord Soulsby is author or co-author of 14 books and numerous articles published in scientific journals. He is an expert adviser to the UK Government on animal welfare, science and technology, biotechnology and environmental issues.

Apart from his political work, he enjoys gardening and travelling.

For more information you can read his C.V. and Biography in his page in World Parasitologists page(http://parasites-world.com/soulsbyejl/).

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

Most people see the Tropical Diseases as big Three ,means: HIV/AIDS , Tuberculosis and Malaria .

So most of the helping funding is allocated accordingly.
But ,a group of conditions known collectively as NTDs has an even more widespread impact.They cant often kill,but they debilitate by causing severe Anaemia  , Malnutrition , Delays in intellectual and cognitive development and Blindness.

The Seven most common NTDs have the most devastating impact.

Ascaris lumbricoides afflicts 800 Million people

Trichuris afflicts 600 Million people

Hookworms                       are found in 600 Million people

For more information:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=a-plan-to-defeat-neglected-tropical-diseases

Condolence to All

Unfortunately we lost one of the Best and Kindest Iranian Fish Parasitologists on Late January 2010.

God bless his soul:                      Dr Behyar Jalali

He left us very soon and its a big loss for all Iranians.

He used to work on Fish Monogeneans mainly,he was really a patient ,kind and nice scientist.

Charles Darwin Birthday(12.Feb)

darwin-charles Thursday 12 February is Charles Darwin’s birthday and London Natural History Museum will be celebrating the day with lots of exciting events at the Museum. The museum will show the information on the special events coming up to celebrate Darwin’s birthday on its website.

 Charles Darwin’s life can be a unique sample for all interested in biology.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Lovely Bone-Eating Worms

Whale bone worms Osedax sppA member of a species likely new to science, the Osedax yellow-collared worm feasts on whale bones in 2008. Named for the thin yellow ring that runs around the base of the worm’s feathery structures–thought to be used for respiration–the species lives below 3,280 feet (1,000 meters).

This lovely worm loves the whales but after the death.

So far,the scientists have confirmed 5 species of Osedax   but in November researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute revealed evidence of 12 more potentially new species, including the yellow-collar, all found in the undersea canyon off Monterey, California.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/11/photogalleries/091202-ocean-worms-eat-bones/

Veggies may harbor a rare parasite

Angiostrongylus cantonensisRat lungworm is a tropical disease found in warm, moist climes that is caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis, a parasitic worm carried by rats (the parasites live in the pulmonary arteries of rats, hence the name “rat lungworm”). The rats excrete worm larvae in their feces, which are sometimes eaten by small snails and slugs that often nestle in the folds of lettuce, peppers and other produce. 

When people ingest the worm, it travels from the gastrointestinal tract to the central nervous system. Most people experience no symptoms or only mild ones such as muscle aches and sensitivity to light and recover without treatment, in most cases without ever suspecting a parasite (which typically dies off in a few weeks).

And the news is:  Three people in Hawaii have come down with what such a rare parasitic disease called rat lungworm disease in recent weeks.

The best way to avoid rat lungworm disease? Don’t eat raw snails or slugs and wash your vegetables and fruits very well,  with noting that they are small [as short as 2 mm in length] and can easily escape notice if hiding in creases of produce.

Photo Source:    http://www.phsource.us/PH/PARA/Chapter_7.htm

Source:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=watch-out-hawaii-veggies-may-harbor-2009-01-08

 

Sir Alexander Fleming Decease Anniversary(11 March)

fleming-sir-alexander2Sir Alexander Fleming(6.August.1881 Lochfield Farm, Darvel, Ayrshire, Scotland- 11.March.1955 London)-Scottish bacteriologist- is best known for his discovery of penicillin. Fleming had a genius for technical ingenuity and original observation. His work on wound infection and lysozyme, an antibacterial enzyme found in tears and saliva, guaranteed him a place in the history of bacteriology. But it was his discovery of penicillin in 1928, which started the antibiotic revolution, that sealed his lasting reputation. Fleming was recognized for this achievement in 1945, when he received the Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with Australian pathologist Howard Walter Florey and British biochemist Ernst Boris Chain, both of whom isolated and purified penicillin .(ref: Britannica Encyclopedia)

300Women Who changed the World

Although there are many of such women from our country that unfortunately havent been mentioned in this list,but it is a interesting list.

http://www.britannica.com/women

You can see Ebadi,Shirin( http://www.britannica.com/women/article-9398568 ),Fatimah(Daughter  of Islam prophet Mohammad)( http://www.britannica.com/women/article-9033822 ),Aishah (http://www.britannica.com/women/article-9005229) and Khadijah(http://www.britannica.com/women/article-9045239 )in this list,that we know them well in Iran.

For millennia, women have left their mark on the world, at times changing the course of history and at other times influencing small but significant spheres of life. Only in the past century, however, have concerted efforts been made to represent women’s contributions more fully in history books. Consequently, changes in status for many women in modern times—the right to own property, to vote, and to choose their own careers—may obscure the accomplishments made by women of earlier eras. In selecting 300 influential women, Encyclopædia Britannica has included both contemporary women who are changing today’s world and those whose contributions have endured through the ages.Not all of these women changed the world for the good. Filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl produced propaganda films that glorified Adolf Hitler’s brutal Third Reich. Many suffered through the deeds of Jiang Qing, who fought bitterly to advance her own political powers during China’s Cultural Revolution.

Learn about 300 women who changed the world—review their accomplishments, locate their birthplaces, and discover the eras in which they lived.