May 30, 2010
May 30 - Ascaris suum
Although most commonly found infecting pigs, Ascaris suum, a large roundworm nematode, can also infect humans. This species has the same lifecycle as Ascaris lumbricoides, and also like its cousin, has eggs that are extremely durable in the environment. Although they were long popular in biology classes as a large, easy-to-dissect representative of Nematoda, because the eggs are so resistant and easily spread, the represent a health risk and their use has largely been discontinued. You can virtually dissect one here.