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The mind-controlling molecules of wasp venom could help future Parkinson's research

from National Geographic

An emerald cockroach wasp (Ampulex compressa) can control the minds of roaches with a sting of its venom. When looking for a host, one of these parasitic wasps will start by stinging the midsection of a roach, and their toxic venom will paralyze the animal's front legs for five minutes. With a secondary strike, the wasp will go directly for the brain, where the sting will induce an intense 30-minute period of vigorous grooming. After that, the roach falls into a lethargic state — called hypokinesia — in which it can't move by its own will. Down the line, investigations into the components that make up parasitic wasp venom could have implications for future research. more


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