Ask a Scientist: Parasites Among Us | SoMa
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Parasites Among Us | Ask a Scientist: Fun Nerdy Lectures and Q&A | SF
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Jim McKerrow, Director of the Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases, returns to Ask a Scientist with more strange and wonderful tales of parasite biology.
Imagine, if you will, a tiny creature with the ability to invade your body, hijack your cells, change your DNA, and modify you physically and behaviorally to suit its own devious goals. Sound like science fiction? Maybe, but it’s also the modus operandi of the real-life parasitic organisms that live among, and inside, the rest of us animals. According to evolutionary biologists, parasites have also played a significant role in shaping the human species — including why we use sex to reproduce.
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