Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Parasites Use Sophisticated Biochemistry to Take Over Their Hosts - NYTimes.com

Parasites Use Sophisticated Biochemistry to Take Over Their Hosts - NYTimes.com: The current issue of the prestigious Journal of Experimental Biology is entirely dedicated to such examples of zombies in nature. They are far from rare. Viruses, fungi, protozoans, wasps, tapeworms and a vast number of other parasites can control the brains of their hosts and get them to do their bidding. But only recently have scientists started to work out the sophisticated biochemistry that the parasites use.