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Parasitology: TV vs. Cinema ?

Philippe Esterre esterre at malarde.pf
Thu Dec 24 14:06:12 EST 1998

Thanks to Prof. J.F. Magnaval (Toulouse, France) for his funny comments on
"SMILLA" (an american movie made in 1997 by the danish director Bill
August), with this curious prehistoric worm (?) called "Dracunculus
borealis" (!)..

But what about the extraordinary brain-storming leading the staff of
"ALIEN" (especially the number one - Ridley Scott, 1979 - of this
fourth-part space opera) ! Did the Alien's parasitoid-like strategy,
developed in the scenario, also came from fruitful discussions with an
unknown parasitologist ?

Who knows any other example of Parasites in such a prominent position for a
 movie ?    Best wishes for all - PHILIPPE

Dr. Philippe ESTERRE - Head of Immunology Unit 
Institut de Recherches Medicales L. Malarde
BP30  98713-Papeete (TAHITI)- French Polynesia
Phone: 689 41 64 67 - Fax: 689 43 15 90
Mail: esterre at malarde.pf

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