The Incredible Power of Parasites

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This 2006 photograph depicted a lateral view of a female body louse, Pediculus humanus var. corporis, as it was obtaining a blood-meal from a human host.

From our guts to our brains, parasites are an intricate part of our biology and behavior. In This is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape SocietyKathleen McAuliffe reveals how parasites are able to manipulate the host’s behavior in both humans and animals, and their affects on cultures and social norms.