Parasites: evolution's neurobiologists.

  title={Parasites: evolution's neurobiologists.},
  author={Shelley A Adamo},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={216 Pt 1},
For millions of years, parasites have altered the behaviour of their hosts. Parasites can affect host behaviour by: (1) interfering with the host's normal immune-neural communication, (2) secreting substances that directly alter neuronal activity via non-genomic mechanisms and (3) inducing genomic- and/or proteomic-based changes in the brain of the host. Changes in host behaviour are often restricted to particular behaviours, with many other behaviours remaining unaffected. Neuroscientists can… CONTINUE READING
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