Infested – Michael Mosley itches and scratches his way to a greater understanding of our relationship with parasites. Found in almost every animal on earth, the connection between animal and host is everywhere in nature. This most complex and intimate of relationships is a delicate balancing act, where the parasite must extract the food they need, but also keep their host alive.
To find out more, Michael systematically infects himself with some of the most extraordinary, powerful and surprising parasites of them all. From tapeworms to bloodsucking leeches and lice, Michael’s infestation gives him a whole new insight into the devious methods used by parasites to survive. He discovers that whilst some of them are dangerous to human health, there is growing scientific evidence that some may actually be beneficial.
Source: BBC press release