The Loom

Tokyo and its Parasites Beckon…

Science Made Cool writes from Tokyo, describing the world’s only parasite museum. Someday I’ll get there…

Sadly, the keychain with the sushi worm embedded inside is not for sale online…

Update: Mark asks whether there’s an American museum in Maryland. It’s a collection, not a museum. I write about my visit there in Parasite Rex. A wonderfully creepy place, but no parasite-entombing keychains for sale.


  1. #1 Blake Stacey
    September 9, 2007

    My friend Mike visited that parasite museum a couple years back. I gotta see if I can get his pictures. . . Aha! Here is the 28-foot tapeworm; next to the display case is a coat hangar attached to a 28-foot ribbon, so you can see just how long 28 feet really is.

  2. #2 Mark
    September 9, 2007

    I thought there was also a parasite museum at the USDA lab in Beltsville, MD?

  3. #3 Carl Zimmer
    September 10, 2007

    Mark: See update above.

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