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Toxoplamosis was among the rare conditions caught by AIDS patients in the early 1980’s that tipped off scientists to the oddity of the to be understood disease. I’ll be taking a class on the biology and social/political impacts of AIDS in Fall, which I will likely post more info about. (Also, not sure why the post had so many tags)
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In the game of #cat and #mouse, the parasite#Toxoplasma gondii changes all the rules. Mice infected with Toxoplasma stop being wary of cats. Besides giving cats a free lunch, it also allows the parasite to reproduce in the cat’s digestive tract. Now researchers at #UCBerkeley have shown that mice remain unafraid of cats even after they’ve cleared the parasite from their bodies. In new research published in PLoS ONE, the researchers hypothesize that the brain changes caused by Toxoplasma that lead to the loss of feline fear may not be due to the parasite itself but could be due to the mouse’s own immune system attacking the parasite. Toxoplasma can also infect humans, causing spontaneous abortion in pregnant women and it has also been linked to diseases like#schizophrenia.Read more: http://bit.ly/19gb11JJournal article: Mice Infected with Low-Virulence Strains of Toxoplasma gondii Lose Their Innate Aversion to Cat Urine, Even after Extensive Parasite Clearance. PLoS ONE, 2013. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0075246Image credit: Sondzee/Flickr

Toxoplamosis was among the rare conditions caught by AIDS patients in the early 1980’s that tipped off scientists to the oddity of the to be understood disease. I’ll be taking a class on the biology and social/political impacts of AIDS in Fall, which I will likely post more info about. (Also, not sure why the post had so many tags)

Neuroscience Research Techniques

In the game of #cat and #mouse, the parasite#Toxoplasma gondii changes all the rules. Mice infected with Toxoplasma stop being wary of cats. Besides giving cats a free lunch, it also allows the parasite to reproduce in the cat’s digestive tract. Now researchers at #UCBerkeley have shown that mice remain unafraid of cats even after they’ve cleared the parasite from their bodies. In new research published in PLoS ONE, the researchers hypothesize that the brain changes caused by Toxoplasma that lead to the loss of feline fear may not be due to the parasite itself but could be due to the mouse’s own immune system attacking the parasite. Toxoplasma can also infect humans, causing spontaneous abortion in pregnant women and it has also been linked to diseases like#schizophrenia.

Read more: http://bit.ly/19gb11J
Journal article: Mice Infected with Low-Virulence Strains of Toxoplasma gondii Lose Their Innate Aversion to Cat Urine, Even after Extensive Parasite Clearance. PLoS ONE, 2013. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0075246
Image credit: Sondzee/Flickr

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