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Ed Yong: Suicidal wasps, zombie roaches and other parasite tales

"Manipulation is not an oddity. It is a critical and common part of the world around us."
“Manipulation is not an oddity. It is a critical and common part of the world around us.”

While we set a premium on free will and independence there is a remarkably creepy influence we might not be thinking about. Science writer, Ed Yong takes us into the world of mind-controlling parasites. At times hilarious, fascinating, and somewhat disturbing, Yong's TED talk shows us how parasites have perfected the art of manipulation.

Still curious? Yong recommends reading Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures — It is “the best book on the disturbing, fascinating, grisly habits of parasites, including those that manipulate their hosts.”