Parasite Puppeteers

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By Collie Ennis & Colette Kinsella for Red Hare Media, Collie Ennis, and Colette Kinsella for Red Hare Media. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

So, you think you have free will, right? Well, have we got news for you!
As it turns out, many of our actions - from what we wear, to how we drive, or even to our business skills - may be controlled by microscopic parasites.
Today in the shed Collie Ennis and Colette Kinsella chat with passionate parasitologist Maureen Williams of Trinity College Dublin about fungi that control their hosts like puppets on a string, crustaceans that bite off and replace their hosts' tongues, and parasitic wasps that feast on the fresh meat of their still-living hosts.
Latch on and listen in!
Presented by Collie Ennis and Colette Kinsella
A Red Hare Media production.
Music:
Artist: Podington
Tracks: 'Curious' and 'Sunset'
The accompanying image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gtzecosan/16424898321/

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