Masterpiece of epigenetic engineering – how Toxoplasma gondii reprogrammes host brains to change fear to sexual attraction

@article{Flegr2014MasterpieceOE,
  title={Masterpiece of epigenetic engineering – how Toxoplasma gondii reprogrammes host brains to change fear to sexual attraction},
  author={Jaroslav Flegr and Anton Markos},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2014},
  volume={23}
}
The protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii is known to induce specific behavioural changes in its intermediate hosts, including humans, that are believed to increase the chance of its successful transmission to the definitive host, the cat. The most conspicuous change is the so‐called fatal attraction phenomenon, the switch from the mice's and rats’ natural fear of the smell of cats toward an attraction to this smell. The mechanism of this manipulation activity is unknown; however, many indices… Expand
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