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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    JOSEPH PALMER NARRATING A DAVID ATTENBOROUGH FILM IN THE VOICE

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

    BODY image by Jenna Luecke image by Jon Berkeley
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    HOST- PARASITES photo by Alex Wild image from UCLA Microbiome

    Center GUT MICROBIOME art by Laura Zombie SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
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    Elya et al 2017 BioRxiv PARASITIC FUNGI TAKING OVER FLY

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

    BODY AND BRAIN REAL ZOMBIE FLY RESEARCH! Photo: Julie Simpson Lab
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    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
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    MOM’S MILK FEEDS BABY’S MICROBES Ed Yong July 22, 2016

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

    Cell MICROBIOME TRANSPLANTS CAN ALTER BODY WEIGHT
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    ATTACK OF THE KILLER FUNGI PLANET EARTH ATTENBOROUGH BBC WILDLIFE

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

    WHY KILL THE ZOMBIE HOST RATHER THAN THE PARASITE?
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    WOMEN BREAK THE SILENCE AROUND WORKPLACE CULTURE photo by Billy

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

    Center GUT MICROBIOME art by Laura Zombie SOCIAL BEHAVIOR