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  1. Worms Hard-Wired for Sexual Orientation (MSNBC News)
      "Sexual orientation seems to be wired into the brains of nematode worms, and tweaking this sexual wiring can result in worms attracted to members of the same sex." 10-07

  2. Worms Move Up on the Tree of Life (CBS News)
      "With the new study results, the researchers say the two worm groups constitute an entirely new division of life, or phylum, which they name the xenacoelomorpha. This phylum would join the three known phyla of deuterostomes: vertebrates (animals with a backbone, including humans); echinoderms (such as starfish), and hemichordates (such as acorn worms)."

      "Being such simple creatures and yet still mixing and mingling on the family tree with us complex creatures suggests these marine worms were once complex themselves, Telford said."

  3. Dogs - Tapeworms (Centers for Disease Control and Preventionr)
      Provides a factsheet on dog and cat tapeworms, including treatment. Visitors sometimes misspell as tape worms. 6-01

  4. Genes Control Aging (
      "Two University of Colorado at Boulder researchers working with GenoPlex Inc. in Denver have identified a biological switch that controls lifespan in tiny worms, a finding that could have applications for mammals, including people." Discusses DAF-2 and DAF-16. College Level. 9-02

  5. Security Standards for Elections Hardware and Software (SIMS)
      "Voting systems shall deploy protection against the many forms of threats to which they may be exposed such as file and macro viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and logic bombs. Vendors shall develop and document the procedures to be followed to ensure that such protection is maintained in a current status."

      Editor's Note: No test or assessment was included in the standards to preclude software or firmware with malicious code embedded from the vendor, one of the most likely possible sources of election mischief or fraud. 5-05

  6. Antarctic Waters Yield Hundreds of Species (MSNBC News)
      "Carnivorous sponges, blind creepy-crawlies adorned with hairy antennae and ribbed worms are just some of the new characters found to inhabit the dark abysses of the Southern Ocean, an alien abode once thought devoid of such life."

  7. -01 Lovelock: One Last Chance to Save Mankind (
      "There is one way we could save ourselves and that is through the massive burial of charcoal. It would mean farmers turning all their agricultural waste - which contains carbon that the plants have spent the summer sequestering - into non-biodegradable charcoal, and burying it in the soil. Then you can start shifting really hefty quantities of carbon out of the system and pull the CO2 down quite fast."

      "Would it make enough of a difference?"

      "Yes. The biosphere pumps out 550 gigatonnes of carbon yearly; we put in only 30 gigatonnes. Ninety-nine per cent of the carbon that is fixed by plants is released back into the atmosphere within a year or so by consumers like bacteria, nematodes and worms. What we can do is cheat those consumers by getting farmers to burn their crop waste at very low oxygen levels to turn it into charcoal, which the farmer then ploughs into the field. A little CO2 is released but the bulk of it gets converted to carbon. You get a few per cent of biofuel as a by-product of the combustion process, which the farmer can sell. This scheme would need no subsidy: the farmer would make a profit. This is the one thing we can do that will make a difference, but I bet they won't do it." 05-09

  8. Longevity Quest Moves From the Lab to Life (MSNBC News)
      "Known as caloric restriction, or CR, the practice of reducing food intake by at least 30 percent and as much as 70 percent has been regarded for decades as the gold standard for boosting longevity."

      "The mTOR is a protein involved in the signaling responses of cells and its activity may account for the lifespan extension found in CR. “By tinkering with those pathways, it’s possible we can alter the cells’ aging processes,” Kennedy says."

      "Research on mTOR by Kennedy and Kaeberlein was recently boosted by the discovery of 25 shared genes that regulate aging in yeast and worms, organisms separated by 1.5 billion years of evolution. Equally remarkable, researchers found that 15 of those genes are present in humans."

      Also try Longevity. 07-09

  9. Worm Infections (Mar Vista Animal Medical Center)
      Provides a short description of precautions with pets to protect children from infection by roundwoms. Does not provide a picture. Also spelled round worms. 6-01

  10. Parasites in Humans (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      Provides an alphabetical list of conditions resulting from worms or insects and provides articles on each condition, such as river blindness, trichinosis, or hookworm infection. Does not provide a picture of roundworms or other parasites. Many of the articles are for physicians, but some are for families. 6-01

  11. Worm Diseases (NIAID)
      Provides a factsheet for families for pinworm, whipworm, trichinosis, hookworm, and other parasitic diseases caused by worms. 6-01

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