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'Zombie ant' brains left intact by fungal parasite | EurekAlert! Science News
"Almost like a puppeteer pulls the strings to make a marionette move, the fungus controls the ant's muscles to manipulate the host's legs and mandibles."
parasites  ants  fungi  puppets 
9 days ago by kevan
Respect For the Fungus Overlords | The Loom | Discover Magazine
"The spores penetrate an insect’s exoskeleton and then work their way into its body, where fungus then starts to grow. Meanwhile, the insect wanders up a plant and clamps down, whereupon Cordyceps grows a long stalk that sprouts of the dead host’s body. It can then shower down spores on unfortunate insects below."
ants  parasites  brains  death 
august 2009 by kevan
How to cure your asthma or hayfever using hookworm - a practical guide || kuro5hin.org
Anecdotal case of successful self-infection. "It involves a great deal of research, a trip to Cameroon and a lot of barefoot walking in open air latrines in west Africa."
medicine  science  worms  parasites  via:holly 
may 2006 by kevan

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