Schistosomes are parasitic flatworms that infect hundreds of millions of people in developing countries. Before infecting humans, the parasites develop inside a snail intermediate host, enabling them to produce thousands of infectious offspring from a single egg. This image shows a tissue section of a developing Schistosoma mansoni larva (center) living inside the muscular tentacle of its snail host (periphery). The colors indicate different depths within the tissue.
Image by Bo Wang and Phillip A. Newmark.
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Schistosomes are parasitic flatworms that infect hundreds of millions of people in developing countries. Before infecting humans, the parasites develop inside a snail intermediate host, enabling them to produce thousands of infectious offspring from a single egg. This image shows a tissue section of a developing Schistosoma mansoni larva (center) living inside the muscular tentacle of its snail host (periphery). The colors indicate different depths within the tissue.

Image by Bo Wang and Phillip A. Newmark.

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