Parasites: From Foe to Friend

Wednesday 23rd Nov 2022, 9.30am

By definition, parasites are bad news. The word ‘parasite’ is used to describe any organism that lives on – or even in – another living being, benefitting at its expense. But, did you know, when it comes to the bacterial world, it is possible for a parasite to turn from an enemy into an ally? In fact, the original parasite can become a host bacterium’s very own bodyguard! Dr Georgia Drew from Oxford’s Department of Biology tells us more…

Find out more about this research on the King Lab website.


Research papers linked to this topic:

King et al 2016. Rapid evolution of microbe-mediated protection against pathogens in a worm host. The ISME Journal.

Drew, Stevens & King 2021. Microbial evolution and transitions along the parasite-mutualist continuum. Nature Reviews Microbiology.

Tags: |