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Parasites shaping host eating preferences?

Michelle Gleeson michelle at MOLECULE.BIO.UTS.EDU.AU
Thu May 20 18:44:06 EST 1999


Hi Russ,

Can't think of a reference off-hand, but check out Toxoplasma gondii and
cats.  I am sure I've read something about how the cats usually eat the
heads of rodents, therefore the brain, where the tissue cysts are most
likely to be.

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Michelle Gleeson
Molecular Parasitology Unit              Ph: (02) 9514 4043
University of Technology                 Fax:(02) 9514 4003
Westbourne St Gore Hill, NSW 2065        michelle.gleeson at uts.edu.au
AUSTRALIA
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On Wed, 19 May 1999, Russell Farris wrote:

> Can anyone point me to examples of parasites modifying the behaviour of
> their hosts, particularly their eating preferences? Thanks.
>
> Russ Farris
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