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Did someone say BRAAAAAINS…?
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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdZ3M8C6yhs
BBC cordyceps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKjBIBBAL8
Jewel wasp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl_9kghmChw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWAV1zj5TXQ
Cricket horsehair worm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df_iGe_JSzI
Red berry ants: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4Rj89-wuDo
NatGeo zombie snails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go_LIz7kTok

LEARN MORE:
Ed Yong’s TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/ed_yong_suicidal_wasps_zombie_roaches_and_other_tales_of_parasites
Biochemistry of parasitic zombies: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/science/parasites-use-sophisticated-biochemistry-to-take-over-their-hosts.html?_r=1&An entire issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology dedicated to parasitic control of hosts: http://jeb.biologists.org/content/216/1.toc


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