The Biology of Depression: Genetics, Neurochemistry and Psychology

The Biology of Depression: Genetics, Neurochemistry and Psychology

There are a lot of terrible diseases out there. Elephant man disease, prion disease, dying of old age at 11 disease. But if you want the creme-de-la-creme of human misery, you can’t do better than depression. It’s hands-down the worst disease you can get. And depression is depressingly common. As much as 15% of people will experience major depression in their lives, no matter where they live in the world. It’s the #4 cause of disability, predicted to jump to #2 by 2025, after obesity and diabetes-related disorders. Many people don’t understand depression as an illness – which is why it’s common to go undiagnosed for months or years – let alone the biological connection.

Curtuteria Australis: The Body Snatching Parasite

Curtuteria Australis: The Body Snatching Parasite

This is the true story of the parasitic flatworm, Curtuteria australis. This mysterious body-snatching organism lives within multiple hosts during its lifecycle. Born as a larval worm inside the belly of an oyster-catcher bird, naturally, he soon finds himself in the faeces of the bird – and is delivered smartly onto the ground of the New Zealand mudflats.

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