Microbes with mind control


The Smithsonian has released this video of a snail infected with sporocysts of the parasite Leucochloridium paradoxum. When the larvae migrate to the snail's eye stalks and builds fat, throbbing brood sacs, turning the stalks into bright green-banded, pulsating beacons that mimic caterpillars, attracting birds.

That's fitting, as the snail picks up the parasite by eating bird droppings.

Cosmos published a piece about this and other ways microbes can affect animal and human mental health - Microbes with mind control - in July.

An array of microbes including viruses, bacteria and single-cell protozoa have been found to get into the heads of their hosts and alter their behaviour. The more we look, the more cases we find. So why should human minds be immune?
Of course they aren’t.

Read more here.

 

  1. https://cosmosmagazine.com/life-sciences/microbes-mind-control
  2. https://cosmosmagazine.com/life-sciences/microbes-mind-control
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