Study On Insect Suicide May Shed Light On The Molecular Mechanisms Behind Behavior | GenomeWeb

Researchers in France have used proteomic techniques to try to understand the molecular mechanisms that enable a parasitic hairworm to "brainwash" its grasshopper host into committing suicide by jumping into water, where the adult worm is able to begin reproducing.

What they found is that the worm relies on mimetic proteins that are very similar to certain proteins found in insects in order to manipulate its host's behavior.

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