Viruses That Make You Fly, Bacteria That Keep You On the Ground

Yet more totally weird examples of parasites manipulating their hosts. Viruses make aphids sprout wings. Bacteria keep spiders from making silken balloons to float away from home. All the details are at Mystery Rays From Outer Space.

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  1. Some of these cases of parasitic control of complex host behavior should be great model systems for studying how these behaviors are generated by the host nervous system in the first place. It would be especially useful to find a parasite/host interaction like this in Drosophila, w/ all the genetic tools available for that organism.

    Anyone know of any parasite-Drosophila interactions that produce interesting behavior?

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