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Science Mag: Microbe that causes food poisoning exerts a sort of mind control over mice

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by AndyPR, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. AndyPR

    AndyPR Senior Member

    Link to study
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  2. Chrisb

    Chrisb Senior Member

    On a slightly different, but possibly closely related, topic, yesterday's discussion on "All in out time" with Melvyn Bragg on BBC radio 4 (sorry, I'm not up to providing the link at the moment) concerned parasites and included a section on their capacity to change the behaviour of the host.

    The possibility did seem to arise that "psychological" factors allegedly causing illness might in some cases be precipitated by parasites.

    As the poem goes: "Big fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite them, and little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum." I think its Belloc.
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