BEFORE WE START... I don't know how to keep the webinar halfway down the page from starting up on it's own. Just scroll down and pause it.


If you know how to fix it please send me a message on the discussion tab right away!
Mrs. D.


In Massachusetts, Nathan is a travel agent who is suffering from night sweats, chills and low‐grade fevers. He sees his primary physician, an infectious disease doctor, a hematologist and an immunologist, and all are dumbfounded. Finally, an infectious disease doctor informs him that whatever is infecting him has caused his spleen to be massively inflamed and in danger of rupturing. And, if it does burst, he will die. Cool. Well, not for Nathan. Anyway, seems he has a parasite, and a pretty scary one at that.

Parasites Exploratory

Many organisms depend on other organisms for their survival. Not all of these relationships is mutually beneficial. Parasites are organisms that use another living thing for their benefit, while causing harm, even death, to the other.
When you learned about Protozoa, unicellular eukaryotic organisms, you learned that there were a specific type called sporozoa that are harmful. This activity looks deeper into the world of parasites, and considers many types, especially multicellular parasites.

Before you begin, make sure you have completed all your work (in my class that means you have taken the quiz and passed it for the prokaryote-eukaryote cell unit), and have received permission from your teacher to do this activity.

Let's begin with a short video segment about one of the most important organisms in the known world, the organism that causes the deadly disease malaria. Malaria is one of the leading causes of death on the planet, it is caused by a sorozoan that is spread by mosquitos in tropical regions.

Now that you have an idea about how sporozoa spread, you can "unpause" the webinar by Dan Ruskin, the host of Animal Planet's "Monsters Inside Me" It's about 30 minutes long, with another few minutes for questions. It was originally live on January 11, 2011.

You will need to download and print the worksheet before you view it. Turn in the worksheet for credit when you have found all the answers.

After you have seen the webinar, and if you are still interested, here is an audiofile from the program Radiolab, it has more information, in audio format. It's pretty cool.Enjoy! Creepy Crawlers... a quick slide show about parasites (mostly arachnids) that live on the human body. NOVA's Bugs that Live on You

Like what you heard? Here's more!!!

Doesn't it make your skin crawl!!! Here's another.

Not freaked out yet? How about how you can get sick from your cat...

Ok, you're still here? Well, I'm out of stuff, you're just gonna have to go an find out what it takes to become an Invertebrate Biologist. A good start? Check my bookshelf. I've still got my college textbook on it. FANTASTIC stuff.