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Parasite-Infected Rodents Attracted to Cat Odor

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New research shows how a brain parasite can manipulate rodent fear responses for the parasite's own benefit. The study, authored by Patrick House and Dr. Robert Sapolsky of Stanford University and released this week in PloS One, addressed how the single-celled parasite Toxoplasma gondii makes infected rodents more likely to spend time near cat odors.

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"Predator Cat Odors Activate Sexual Arousal Pathways in Brains of Toxoplasma gondii Infected Rats" (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0023277)
 
 

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