A Leech Blog. If You Build It, We Will Come.

LeechI’m going to be posting my blogroll to my new digs as soon as I get the chance. And to that list I will be adding BdellaNea. It’s the work of Mark Siddall, a scientist at the American Museum of Natural History who specializes in leeches.

I wrote about Mark in this 2006 article for the New York Times, and last weekend at the meeting of the American Society for Parasitologists we caught up briefly. He’d been off to Zambia and various other seething leech hot spots since I’d last seen him, and at the meeting he and his students were presenting lots of new research, including some insights into how different species of leeches thin your blood.

Just a couple days later, on Wednesday, Siddall launched his blog with an impressive six posts by the afternoon–including Demi Moore waxing poetic about leeches on her navel.

This is why the Internet was invented.

0 thoughts on “A Leech Blog. If You Build It, We Will Come.

  1. Hi there…

    My name is Kevin,
    Most people I know think I’m crazy as I keep leeches as pets.
    It’s kinda nice to know that I’m not the only one that thinks they’re cool.
    I’d like to however learn a lot more about them if I can.

    I found a picture of an extremely large leech found in Malaysia and I was wondering if anyone can confirm whether it’s real or fake.
    Largest leech I know of is the Haementeria ghilianii.
    Have a look and see what you think.

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