How I Became a Leech Expert

November 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

Canadian Mark Siddall did his graduate work in blood parasitology at the University of Toronto. It was there that he began to study leeches as a source of blood parasites and went on to become one of the world’s foremost experts in the study of leeches.

Did you know that leeches are used to study animal biodiversity over large geographical territories? Instead of hunting down hundreds of animals in the Amazon, scientists collected leeches and sequenced the blood meal from their feeds in order to find out which rare and endangered species were located in the same geographical areas.

Find out many other cool facts from Dr. Siddall in this video that was filmed this past summer at the World Science Festival.

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