Real-Life Zombies: Parasitic Worms Hijack Snails’ Brains

In a spooky coup, a parasitic worm hijacks a snail’s brain and makes the snail sacrifice itself to a hungry bird. Carl Zimmer, a contributor to National Geographic’s “Phenomena” science salon and author of the book “Parasite Rex,” explains how the snail’s death helps the parasite perpetuate its sneaky species.

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One Comment on “Real-Life Zombies: Parasitic Worms Hijack Snails’ Brains

  1. Pingback: Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures | Science Book a Day

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