Science: The Persistent Parasites

The thing the curious doctor was busy disentangling and studying last week looked like an endless skein of white rubber band. Actually, he explained happily, it was 100 ft. of rare tapeworm which he found in the intestine of a whale captured off Catalina Island. Although his specialization is the dwarf mouse tapeworm, a common human parasite, Dr. Donald Heyneman, 32, of the University of California at Los Angeles, finds all tapeworms fascinating. He hates to pass up a chance to find a new species, for the surface of tape-wormology has hardly been scratched.

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