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Toxoplasma (mycoplasma) infection in rats confuses male rats into "becoming catfood"

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Annikki, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. Annikki

    Annikki

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    I know with the scrutiny upon us, I should take more time to make the thread title sound more plausible; the problem is that this is actually true. :eek:

    A study found that male rats which are infected with toxoplasma gondii (mycoplasma) find the scent of cat urine alluring- very alluring. Male rats have the same center of their brain lit up in response to cat urine which lights up in response to the presence of a female rat when infected with mycoplasma.

    The interesting thing about this study in the ME/CFS community is that it shows toxoplasma gondii to have a direct effect on the brain. I'd love the particulars on how and why mycoplasma does this.

    I thought I'd share this too. I'll state for the record that I think in no way does this information support the "amygdala retraining" camp.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110819141519.htm
     
  2. Francelle

    Francelle Senior Member

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    If I am not mistaken the various Mycoplasma (mollicutes) are not the same as Toxoplasma gondii (protozoa).
     
  3. Annikki

    Annikki

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    Sorry, you are right- I'm incorrect. I read something else which I think was about both and got them confused. :(
     

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