Scientists document how ticks hang on

10/30/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Ticks transmit zoonotic diseases while they take a blood meal over the course of days, and a new study sheds light on how they settle in for their extended meals. The research takes a close look at the anatomy of the female tick's mouth parts and shows how the insects are able to embed in the skin and hang on without expending energy while they eat, making them difficult to extract.

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