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The biggest challenge in a parasite’s life is to move from one host to another. Intriguingly, many parasites have evolved the ability to manipulate the behavior of their hosts to improve their own survival -- sometimes even by direct brain control. Jaap de Roode details a few parasites that can really mess with the mind.
Lesson by Jaap de Roode, animation by Andrew Foerster.
Tagged under: TED,TED-Ed,TEDEducation,TEDx,Brain Parasites,Parasite,Host,Gordian worm,Rabies,Virus,Rabies virus,Plasmodium,Malaria,Mosquito,Cat,Rat,Toxoplasma Gondii (Organism Classification),Crickets
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