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Forced Feeding

By | February 1, 2012

Editor's choice in drug development

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Animal Mind Control

By | January 1, 2012

Examples of parasites that manipulate the behavior of their hosts are not hard to come by, but scientists have only recently begun to understand how they induce such dramatic changes.

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Ladybug Zombies

By | October 31, 2011

Wasps inject their larvae into ladybug abdomens, where they feast on the bugs’ insides.

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Wolbachia Boost Stem Cell Production

By | October 20, 2011

The widespread bacteria known to manipulate host reproductive output can do so by ramping up stem cell division and consequent egg production in Drosophila.

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Behavior Brief

By | September 13, 2011

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Parasite Spurs Rat Sexual Frenzy

By | August 19, 2011

The parasite Toxoplasma gondii furthers its transmission by making rats go wild for the scent of cat urine.

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Escape Predators, Get Parasites

By | June 24, 2011

A particular predator defense used by water fleas makes them more susceptible to parasite infections, new research shows.

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Parasites Unite!

By | February 1, 2011

Gabriele Sorci discusses how invaders can band together to more effectively infect hosts.

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