You mention that there are "hundreds of SITES discussing the effect on
hosts...", suggesting that your search for information has been confined to
the web. I suggest you try a library. There is a respectable body of
literature (original research articles, reviews, and books) on the "cost" of
parasitism to hosts and parasites, but it's not necessarily easy to find,
and one has to search it out. Learning to use the original literature is a
very important part (perhaps the most important part) of any research or
writing project, and this is something that all biology students should
Good luck in the library.
smilerm at my-dejanews.com wrote in message
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>Im a Biology degree student trying to research for an essay on the costs
>benefits of a parasitic life - (to the parasite!). I can't find anything
>useful so far. There are hundreds of sites discussing the effects on hosts,
>but nothing concerning the parasites themselves. In short, Im stuck. If any
>of you more professional types can give me any advice, I'd appreciate it.
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