Revista Digital Universitaria
Revista Digital Universitaria ISSN: 1607 - 6079 | Publicación mensual | 1 de abril de 2014 vol.15, No.04


Then thou are perhaps an expert on the leech?

Alejandro Francisco Oceguera, Anna Jane Phillips, Karla Gisela Martínez, Diego Jossué Jiménez, Ricardo Salas

In recent years, the study of leeches has developed a number of diverse lines of research. Herein, an overview of these interesting perspectives on these organisms is presented using case studies on recent developments in the characterization of anticoagulants, studies of the symbiotic relationships between leeches and bacteria, as well as a short history of the use of leeches to relieve various afflictions of human health.

Keywords: Leeches, Hirudineans, Systematics, Endosymbiosis, Biodiversity, Anticoagulants.