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Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

Zombie Ants and Fearless Mice: What Parasites Controlling their Hosts’ Behaviour Can Tell Us About the Brain

Dr Tristram Wyatt

Parasites can dramatically change the behaviour of their hosts. A parasitic worm turns a tropical ant berry-red and causes it to climb high, attractive prey for birds, the worm’s next host. A mouse infected by toxoplasma gondii no longer fears cats – making it easier for the parasite to be eaten by its next host, a cat. A jewel wasp precisely injects neurotoxins into its cockroach prey’s brain. These parasite manipulations can tell us how brains, including our own, work normally.

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture

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Dr Wyatt is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. His main research interest is in the evolution of pheromones (molecules used for chemical communication).

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