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Can a microorganism change the behavior of an animal?

  1. Jun 30, 2017 #1

    ORF

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    Hello.

    Can a microorganism change behavior of an animal? ( including humans).

    Thank you for your time.

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    ORF
     
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  3. Jun 30, 2017 #2

    Ryan_m_b

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    Bandersnatch

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    jim mcnamara

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    My favorite: A parasite infects pillbugs (roly poly bugs) that want to hide under rocks and leaves but the parasite alters behavior and they go out from under rocks and leaves - to become easy prey for starlings and robins. Where the parasite completes its life cycle - inside the bird.

    Parasite du jour:
    http://dailyparasite.blogspot.com/2010/03/march-21-plagiorhynchus-cylindraceus.html
     
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  8. Jul 5, 2017 #7
    A significant case of Salmonella, gonococcus, HIV, or Staph will certainly change a human's behavior!
     
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  13. Jul 25, 2017 #12
    A rather obvious example is any bug which makes people cough or sneeze
     
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  15. Jul 25, 2017 #14
    "Acquired Lavish Altruism Syndrome"
    What a way to go!
    I think it's still not legal in most countries though,
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2017
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