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Scientists Take Up Plight of Parasites

Two scientists from the University of Missouri St. Louis are making the case to save endangered parasites. The scientists say lice and their comrades can reveal much about their host species but are rapidly going extinct. But don't expect lawmakers to make additions to the Endangered Species List anytime soon.

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Corrected: June 9, 2005 at 11:34 AM EDT
This report incorrectly referred to long-toed salamanders as lizards. They are amphibians.
Elizabeth Arnold
Elizabeth Arnold is a freelance reporter for NPR. From 2000 - 2004, she was an NPR national correspondent, covering America's public lands with a focus on the environment, politics, economics, and culture.