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Of Parasites and Their Hosts

Volume 12 - Issue 1

Okwa O Omolade*

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    • Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology, Faculty o f Science , Lagos State University, Nigeria
    • *Corresponding author: Okwa O Omolade, Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology, Nigeria

Received: November 29, 2018;   Published: December 12, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.12.002188

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Parasitism is an association between two different species of organisms, where only one partner which is always the parasite derives benefits metabolically. The other partner is the host and gets nothing in return but harm, damage or death [1]. A parasite lives in a particular way called parasitism. Parasitism as a one-sided partnership in which the host receives no benefits but instead some degree of harm, or death is an ingratitude and is synonymous the parasite committing matricide! An ‘ideal’ parasite must not even dare kill its host because the death of the host means the death of the parasite. An “ideal” parasite does not even exist because the slightest effects of all parasites are detrimental to their hosts [2].

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