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.
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.
A new technique for skin grafts involves an adhesive made of tiny needles that was inspired by a parasitic worm’s behavior.
Mind-control parasites hijack immune system
Toxoplasma gondii uses cells that would normally help defeat it as transport to get around the body.
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.
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.