November 7th, 2005

Anhinga, snakebird

Review of Robert Sapolsky's texts

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/books/review/06shreeve.html

"In "Bugs in the Brain," he describes a parasite that infects the brains of rats without any effect on their behavior except that they lose their instinctual aversion to the smell of cats and, instead, are drawn to it. Needless to say, such absurdly obliging prey is quickly gobbled up: bad for the rat but great for the parasite, since it can only reproduce inside a cat host."