‘Guts and Glory: A Parasite Story’ opens Saturday, April 22

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LINCOLN, Neb. A new exhibit at Morrill Hall will allow people of all ages to explore the fascinating and somewhat disgusting world of parasites.

‘Guts and Glory: A Parasite Story’ opens Saturday, April 22 and will be on display for roughly one year.

“This is an exhibit that will highlight the specimens and the research that we’re doing at the University of Nebraska in parasitology,” said Dr. Scott Gardner, museum curator and parasitologist.

Visitors can take an up close look at tapeworms, heartworms, fleas and other creepy-crawly specimens.

“We have lots of things to look at,” said Dr. Gardner, “including a whole wall of parasite diversity. We really want to show what’s out there.”

Another eye-catching feature in the exhibit is a 100-foot worm model that stretches across the ceiling of the room. Dr. Gardner says the model represents a worm that was found inside a whale.

“They are huge. They produce eggs by the 100,000s. Those eggs go out into the ocean. A small host eats them, and the whale gets infected again.”

The exhibit takes the learning experience to a new level with hands on activities, including touch screen monitors and larger than life models.

“You can reach inside the intestine of a coyote feel the nematodes inside.”

The exhibit opens Saturday with an event from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will run until May 1, 2018.

For more information on the exhibition, click here.