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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.

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

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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