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A century of parasitology: discoveries, ideas, and lessons by John Janovy Jr., Gerald W. Esch

By John Janovy Jr., Gerald W. Esch

Reviews key components in ecological, scientific and molecular parasitology

  • Features essays from the various world's leading parasitologists

 

  • Each subject is determined in context by means of that includes a key paper from the magazine of Paraistology during the last a hundred years

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5-ml lots are dispensed into 35-mm plastic petri dishes. Culture dishes are placed in a glass desiccator with a stopcock. A candle is placed in the desiccator jar, lighted, and the candle jar is covered. When the flame extinguishes itself, the stopcock is closed. The method produces an inexpensive, predictable, oxygen poor, carbon dioxide enriched atmosphere for erythrocyte culture. Each day the medium is aspirated off, replaced, and the culture is placed in a new candle jar. Thus, the serum supplemented RPMI medium and the culture atmosphere are replaced each day.

The group has been placed in the Ciliophora, the Sarcomastigophora, and in their own phylum, Opalinata. Their placement remains controversial above the family level, Opalinidae. Rather than enter the systematic fray, I refer to the opalinids herein as “ciliates” because that is the way in which Metcalf referred them. Metcalf quickly recognized that his opalinid parasite-host model could produce relatively independent data sets to test hypotheses of coevolution and biogeography. He outlined his basic concepts for coevolutionary studies in an early paper testing alternative hypotheses of convergence and common ancestry in New World leptodactylid frogs using the distribution 15 of their opalinid parasites, and exhorted somewhat optimistically: Every group of animals and of plants should similarly be studied with their parasites.

Metcalf quickly recognized that his opalinid parasite-host model could produce relatively independent data sets to test hypotheses of coevolution and biogeography. He outlined his basic concepts for coevolutionary studies in an early paper testing alternative hypotheses of convergence and common ancestry in New World leptodactylid frogs using the distribution 15 of their opalinid parasites, and exhorted somewhat optimistically: Every group of animals and of plants should similarly be studied with their parasites.

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