A tale of swarms, cannibals, ageing and human obesity

Stephen J. Simpson

“At first sight these seem like very strange bedfellows. In this chapter, I will explain how seeking to understand swarming in locusts has led to new discoveries on the dietary causes of human obesity and ageing, as well as provided an understanding of locust swarming that links neurophysiological events within the brains of individual insects to continental scale mass migration. I hope the narrative, with its strange twists and turns, gives a feel for why pure academic enquiry is so important …”