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[Jan. 14th, 2010|09:32 am]
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Another awesome Sapolsky talk that popped up on reddit. This one's about everyone's favorite parasite, Toxoplasma Gondii.

[User Picture]From: neurochemistry
2010-01-14 03:09 pm (UTC)
<3 Sapolsky. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: letters_in_sand
2010-01-14 03:27 pm (UTC)
and dammit there is a really cool word for the type of parasite that takes up residence in an animal and changes its behavior so that it can use said animal for transportation purposes...

but I always read it wrong, as "stepsisterian," when it's really strepsidarian or something, so now I can never remember what the real word is.

It's driving me nuts. :( I can't google a word that I can't quite remember...
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[User Picture]From: styger
2010-01-14 10:44 pm (UTC)
I think you are thinking of an order of insects called Strepsipteran. They are parasitic specifically with other insects and are pretty neat, but I am not sure that their name is an actual term for their behaviour. If it is, that is a pretty cool word.
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[User Picture]From: letters_in_sand
2010-01-15 02:00 pm (UTC)
Yessss, exactly. Thank you!

Yeah, because of their weird life cycle, I thought the word was a term applying to a broader class of thing, but apparently not.
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