Fatal attraction in rats infected with Toxoplasma gondii.

  title={Fatal attraction in rats infected with Toxoplasma gondii.},
  author={Manuel Berdoy and Joanne P. Webster and David W Macdonald},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={267 1452},
We tested the hypothesis that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii manipulates the behaviour of its intermediate rat host in order to increase its chance of being predated by cats, its feline definitive host, thereby ensuring the completion of its life cycle. Here we report that, although rats have evolved anti-predator avoidance of areas with signs of cat… CONTINUE READING