This episode: Bringing a fungus that makes zombie flies into the lab makes a good model for studying microbial mind-control!
Thanks to Dr. Carolyn Elya for her contribution!
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Microbe of the episode: Dipteran brevidensovirus 2
Elya C, Lok TC, Spencer QE, McCausland H, Martinez CC, Eisen M. 2018. Robust manipulation of the behavior of Drosophila melanogaster by a fungal pathogen in the laboratory. eLife 7:e34414.
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