I’m sure you guys all remember the gruesome tale of the parasitic Emerald Cockroach Wasp. This is the wasp that somehow manages to ‘reprogram’ a cockroach to do its bidding by delivering a series of precisely placed injections of venom.
There’s been some new work done by Ram Gal and Frederic Libersat in understanding exactly what part of the cockroach brain the wasp is looking for. Carl Zimmer reports.
These researchers have already done some pretty amazing work in understanding how the venom affects the cockroach, and they even figured out the antidote to bring the cockroaches back from la-la land. Here’s Ed Yong’s story on that piece of work: link (horribly creepy video included!)