Very Interesting - Cat vs. Rat research

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PDXcluck, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. PDXcluck

    PDXcluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: Full text of the research at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1690701/pdf/11007336.pdf

    Basically, the research states that rats that are infected by Toxoplasma gondii, most likely from cat feces, are more likely to be attracted to the scent of cats, are therefore more likely to frequent areas where cats are present, and thus are more likely to be predated upon by a cat!

    Absolutely fascinating research and applicable to many discussions here...

    enjoy!
     
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    That is pretty interesting. I wonder what the mechanism of action was for the Toxoplasmosis was and what changed neurologically to make the rat attracted to a scent that it would normally avoid.
     
  3. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh ok, I read the study. The level of anxiety seems to reduced, so that they don't avoid signs of predators. It's kind of creepy that there are reports that if humans are infected, they can show signs of changed personality.
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    That is amusing. There is also a similar study with malaria infected mosquitoes. Ones with the parasite will bite multiple hosts thus increasing the spread of disease, vs non infected ones, which bite one and go on to breed. Creepy part about the malaria study was the test subjects were a panel of humans with different blood types. They collected the infested mosquitoes and tested for what blood types were in it!
     
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