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Shows like The Walking Dead are full of hungry, mindless, surprisingly fleet-footed armies of brain-eating zombies. Could they actually exist? Are zombies real? Well, maybe if you’re talking aboutzom-bees! This week I introduce you to some of nature’s strangest mind-controlling parasites, who make zombies of the natural world. This one will make your brain tingle. That’s just the awesome science, though… not a parasite. Promise!

Watch the full video clips used in this episode:
KQED zom-bees
BBC cordyceps
Jewel wasp:
Cricket horsehair worm:
Red berry ants:
NatGeo zombie snails:

Ed Yong’s TED talk:
Biochemistry of parasitic zombies: entire issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology dedicated to parasitic control of hosts:

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