The versatile 28-year-old will join the Eels next year after he rejected an offer from Newcastle Knights.Ferguson has scored 10 tries in 16 NRL games for the Roosters this season and put his outstanding form down to improving his off-field discipline.”I had a conversation with him about how important it is for us that we want the right people and good people at our club,” Eels coach Brad Arthur told NRL.com.”We’re going through a period where we want to make sure that everything we do on the field and off the field is professional and meets the standards and expectations required by our club.”He’s fully aware of his responsibilities and accountability to his team-mates and the club and he wants to be one of the players that can lead that.”Arthur added: “We’ll have to wait and see [which position Ferguson plays], but he’s going to help us out of the backfield.”He can play centre, he can play wing. He’s a big body and he’s probably the form outside back in the comp at the moment.”He’s a quality finisher and is good at getting sets started out of the backfield.”
PORTLAND, OREGON—Parasites can do everything from making their hosts sick to forcing them to kill themselves. Now, scientists have found one that gives its owner the munchies. The tiny parasitoid wasp (Cotesia nr. phobetri) deposits its eggs in immature tiger moths, and as the wasps develop, they eat the Grammia incorrupta caterpillar from the inside out. Infected caterpillars still go about the business of bulking up for their next stage of life, but the wasp larvae give them a very bad case of carbohydrate cravings, ecologists report here today at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Normally the caterpillars eat equal amounts of protein and carbs, but when infected, they up their carb intake by about 30%. This diet dumps more calories into the moths’ fat bodies, which the parasites gobble up, emerging (pictured) much bigger as a result. Moreover, going for the starches instead of proteins seems to delay the moth’s ability to mount an effective immune response against this unwanted guest, the scientists report. This behavior is one of the few clear-cut examples of diet manipulation by parasites and may have implications to human health in that there may be a similar, albeit still undiscovered, manipulative power in human gut parasites, they note.