Image provided by Jim Collins and Phil Newmark, Phil Newmark Lab
Research funded by the National Institute Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The colorful figure in this image is the larval form of a disease-causing parasitic flatworm called a schistosome. Another view of this stage of the schistosome lifecycle makes up part of the medley in the Art of Science Banner Image, “Know your enemy.” Shown in blue are glands that release chemicals that allow the worm to penetrate human skin. In red are the parasite’s muscles.