ZOMBIE BRAINS: MICROBIAL MIND CONTROL

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January 09, 2018

ZOMBIE BRAINS: MICROBIAL MIND CONTROL

Are you in control your behavior or are microbes manipulating your mind? Microorganisms living in our bodies (aka the microbiome) have critical effects on human health and behavior, for better or for worse. Mind-manipulation by microbes is most gruesome in ecosystems where zombie fungi control the moribund behaviors of the unsuspecting insect hosts.

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Rayna M Harris

January 09, 2018
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  1. ZOMBIE BRAINS: MICROBIAL MIND CONTROL RAYNA HARRIS TWITTER @raynamharris ARE

    YOU IN CONTROL OF YOUR BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR?
  2. JOSEPH PALMER NARRATING A DAVID ATTENBOROUGH FILM IN THE VOICE

    OF TOM WAITS RAYNA HARRIS SCIENTIST AND TEACHER @raynamharris
  3. image by Andy Taylor MICROBIOME: ALL MICROSCOPIC ORGANISMS IN THE

    BODY image by Jenna Luecke image by Jon Berkeley
  4. HOST- PARASITES photo by Alex Wild

  5. HOST- PARASITES photo by Alex Wild image from UCLA Microbiome

    Center GUT MICROBIOME
  6. HOST- PARASITES photo by Alex Wild image from UCLA Microbiome

    Center GUT MICROBIOME art by Laura Zombie SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
  7. Local photographer Alex Wild WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

  8. DEADLY FUNGUS-INSECT INTERACTIONS ATTACK OF THE KILLER FUNGI PLANET EARTH

    ATTENBOROUGH BBC WILDLIFE
  9. DEADLY FUNGUS-INSECT INTERACTIONS ATTACK OF THE KILLER FUNGI PLANET EARTH

    ATTENBOROUGH BBC WILDLIFE
  10. THE MICROBE CONTROLED DEATH SEQUENCE ATTACK OF THE KILLER FUNGI

    PLANET EARTH ATTENBOROUGH BBC WILDLIFE
  11. THE MICROBE CONTROLED DEATH SEQUENCE ATTACK OF THE KILLER FUNGI

    PLANET EARTH ATTENBOROUGH BBC WILDLIFE
  12. Elya et al 2017 BioRxiv THE MICROBE- CONTROLED DEATH POSE

  13. Elya et al 2017 BioRxiv PARASITIC FUNGI TAKING OVER FLY

    BODY AND BRAIN REAL ZOMBIE FLY RESEARCH!
  14. Elya et al 2017 BioRxiv PARASITIC FUNGI TAKING OVER FLY

    BODY AND BRAIN REAL ZOMBIE FLY RESEARCH! Photo: Julie Simpson Lab
  15. Elya et al 2017 BioRxiv PARASITIC FUNGI TAKING OVER FLY

    BODY AND BRAIN REAL ZOMBIE FLY RESEARCH! Photo: Julie Simpson Lab photo from @mad_scientits
  16. GUT MICROBIOMES CHANGE FOR BETTER OR WORSE image from Mayo

    Clinic
  17. MOM’S MILK FEEDS BABY’S MICROBES Ed Yong July 22, 2016

    The NewYorker image by Rachel Levit Ruiz
  18. Clarke et al 2014 Molecular Endocrinology Koren et al 2012

    Cell MICROBIOME TRANSPLANTS CAN ALTER BODY WEIGHT
  19. Nature News 2015 GUT-BRAIN INFLUENCE

  20. Nature News 2015 GUT-BRAIN INFLUENCE appetite cognition digestion locomotion memory

    mood social behavior sexual desire sleep
  21. MOUTH TO MOUTH HORIZONTAL GENE TRANSFER art by Laura Zombie

  22. IS AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE MANIPULATING THIS BEHAVIOR? art by ben

    zhu
  23. ATTACK OF THE KILLER FUNGI PLANET EARTH ATTENBOROUGH BBC WILDLIFE

    WHY KILL THE ZOMBIE HOST RATHER THAN THE PARASITE?
  24. ATTACK OF THE KILLER FUNGI PLANET EARTH ATTENBOROUGH BBC WILDLIFE

    WHY KILL THE ZOMBIE HOST RATHER THAN THE PARASITE?
  25. ATTACK OF THE KILLER FUNGI PLANET EARTH ATTENBOROUGH BBC WILDLIFE

    INFECTED HOSTS FEAR EVICTION AND DEATH
  26. WOMEN BREAK THE SILENCE AROUND WORKPLACE CULTURE photo by Billy

    & Hells for TIME art by For All Womankind
  27. HOST- PARASITES photo by Alex Wild image from UCLA Microbiome

    Center GUT MICROBIOME art by Laura Zombie SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
  28. AWESOME RESOURCES

  29. THANKS FOR LISTENING RAYNA HARRIS TWITTER @raynamharris