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28

Mar

Common cat parasite linked to personality changes in humansA third of the world’s population is infected with Toxoplasma gondii and scientists find that the parasite can modify the brain.

Common cat parasite linked to personality changes in humans
A third of the world’s population is infected with Toxoplasma gondii and scientists find that the parasite can modify the brain.

08

Oct

Common cat parasite linked to personality changes in humansA third of the world’s population is infected with Toxoplasma gondii and scientists find that the parasite can modify the brain.

Common cat parasite linked to personality changes in humans
A third of the world’s population is infected with Toxoplasma gondii and scientists find that the parasite can modify the brain.

20

Sep

Parasite makes mice lose fear of cats — permanentlyScientists aren’t sure the mechanism involved in the long-term behavior change, but suspect it could have something do with smell receptors.

Parasite makes mice lose fear of cats — permanently
Scientists aren’t sure the mechanism involved in the long-term behavior change, but suspect it could have something do with smell receptors.

16

Apr

Parasitic worm inspires skin graft tech
A new technique for skin grafts involves an adhesive made of tiny needles that was inspired by a parasitic worm’s behavior.

Parasitic worm inspires skin graft tech

A new technique for skin grafts involves an adhesive made of tiny needles that was inspired by a parasitic worm’s behavior.

28

Feb


How gruesome parasite lives, lays eggs inside you for decades 



Blood flukes owe their longevity to stem cells, letting them regenerate very easily.            
Blood flukes owe their longevity to stem cells, letting them regenerate very easily.            

07

Dec

Mind-control parasites hijack immune systemToxoplasma gondii uses cells that would normally help defeat it as transport to get around the body.

Mind-control parasites hijack immune system
Toxoplasma gondii uses cells that would normally help defeat it as transport to get around the body.

23

Aug

Common cat parasite linked to personality changes in humansA third of the world’s population is infected with Toxoplasma gondii and scientists find that the parasite can modify the brain.

Common cat parasite linked to personality changes in humans
A third of the world’s population is infected with Toxoplasma gondii and scientists find that the parasite can modify the brain.

18

Aug

Bizarre parasite can control the mind, and makes fear sexyRats would run toward the smell of cat urine instead of away from it, and scientists aren’t exactly sure how the brain parasite causes this reaction.

Bizarre parasite can control the mind, and makes fear sexy
Rats would run toward the smell of cat urine instead of away from it, and scientists aren’t exactly sure how the brain parasite causes this reaction.

11

May

How zombie ants lose their mindsA parasitic fungus prompts zombie ants to ramble to their deaths before biting down on a specific part of a leaf at a specific time.

How zombie ants lose their minds
A parasitic fungus prompts zombie ants to ramble to their deaths before biting down on a specific part of a leaf at a specific time.

12

Apr

Could zombies be real? Kind of.A hybrid rabies-influenza virus could induce zombie-like behavior, but scientists say it would be difficult to engineer. And certain ‘mind-controlling’ parasites present another argument for the possibility of a zombie-like outbreak. Learn more.

Could zombies be real? Kind of.

A hybrid rabies-influenza virus could induce zombie-like behavior, but scientists say it would be difficult to engineer. And certain ‘mind-controlling’ parasites present another argument for the possibility of a zombie-like outbreak. Learn more.