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Bacteria Turn Plants and Insects into Zombies

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Many parasites commandeer the bodies of their hosts in order to spread. Examples of this include horsehair worms that reach water by forcing their cricket hosts to drown themselves, and liver flukes that drive infected ants to climb blades of grass, where cows can eat the insects, and so the flukes. But parasites can turn plants into zombies, too ā€” and a team of scientists from the John Innes Center in Norwich, UK, has now discovered how they do it.

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