Animal News: Halloween Special: Real-Life Zombies
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Halloween Special: Real-Life Zombies
October 29, 2013—In a spooky coup, a parasitic worm hijacks a snail's brain and makes the snail sacrifice itself to a hungry bird. Carl Zimmer, a contributor to National Geographic's Phenomena science salon and author of the book Parasite Rex, explains how the snail's death helps the parasite perpetuate its sneaky species.