Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Parasite puppet masters

Return of the Puppet Masters

This is fascinating stuff.

The life cycle of the Toxoplasma gondii. It likes living in the guts of cats, and its eggs are shed (in the faeces, presumably). If the egg is picked up by rats, the parasite affects the rat brain in such a way that it is no longer panicked by the smell of cats, and more likely to be eaten, obviously. So the parasite gets to inhabit a new cat's innards.

Lovely! :D

I feel very excited by this. :D Is that strange?


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