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Default University of Maine research tackles issue of lungworm in moose

University of Maine research tackles issue of lungworm in moose
By John Holyoke, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 28, 2012, at 1:24 p.m.

University of Maine research tackles issue of lungworm in moose — Outdoors — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
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In short, recent UMaine graduate Darryl Ann Girardin and Anne Lichtenwalner, a veterinarian and assistant professor who serves as director of the UMaine Animal Health Laboratory, have found that there’s a new worm in town.

The ramifications of that discovery are yet-to-be learned, but worth considering for a simple reason: DNA tests have determined that the kind of worm that exists in Maine moose most closely matches one that’s typically found in red deer and fallow deer, not moose. And any time a parasite is found in an unexpected host, scientists get concerned.

“What happens when a parasite gets into a new species…
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