Mindsuckers: Meet Nature’s Nightmare

Image by A. Varma, National Geographic

In the November 2014 issue of National Geographic, the cover story focuses on the capacity of parasites to alter their hosts in bizarre yet fascinating ways. The accompanying story by Carl Zimmer features a broad range of examples, including the ability of the trematode parasite Ribeiroia ondatrae to cause severe deformities in frogs. The story includes photos from the Johnson Lab and a graphic novel of the Ribeiroia life cycle developed in collaboration with our lab. See here for the story.