The secret life of barnacles

Phil Rainbow

Although barnacles have long been regarded as costly fouling agents, scientists are now making use of their remarkable capacity to accumulate concentrations of poisonous metals to assist in the management of environmental pollution. Phil Rainbow discusses the fascinating and bizarre world of barnacles, showing how barnacles are not only zoologically fascinating but terribly important economically.

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Our scientists study the snails that host the schistosomiasis parasite, which causes a disease that affects nearly 200 million people.