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Predator Cat Odors Activate Sexual Arousal Pathways in Brains of Toxoplasma gondii Infected Rats

  • Patrick K. House mail,

    pathouse@stanford.edu

    Affiliation: Program in Neuroscience, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America

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  • Ajai Vyas,

    Affiliation: School of Biological Science, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore

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  • Robert Sapolsky

    Affiliation: Departments of Biology, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and of Neurosurgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America

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  • Published: August 17, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0023277

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Media Coverage of This Article

Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 22 Aug 2011 at 15:17 GMT

The following articles represent some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Stanford University News
Title: “Parasite tricks rats into becoming cat food”
http://news.stanford.edu/...

Publication: TIME
Title: “Study: Parasitic Infection Causes Rats to Fall in Love With Cats - TIME Healthland”
http://healthland.time.co...

Publication: Scientific American
Title: “Toxoplasma Infected Rats Love Their Enemies: Scientific American Podcast”
http://www.scientificamer...

Publication: Discover Magazine
Title: “Fatal Attraction: Sex, Death, Parasites, and Cats | The Loom | Discover Magazine”
http://blogs.discovermaga...

Publication: New York Times
Title: “Toxoplasma Parasite Hijacks Rats - Arousal Circuitry, Study Finds - NYTimes.com”
http://www.nytimes.com/20...

Details of the press release for this paper can be found below:

Publication: Press Release
Title: “Parasite-infected rodents attracted to cat odor study finds”
http://www.eurekalert.org...

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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 26 Aug 2011 at 11:20 GMT

Further media coverage of this paper can be found below:

Publication: My Fox New York
Title: “Parasite Can Transform Rats' Fear of Cats”
http://www.myfoxny.com/dp...

Publication: New York Times
Title: “Toxoplasma Parasite Hijacks Rats’ Arousal Circuitry, Study Finds - NYTimes.com”
http://www.nytimes.com/20...

Publication: Discovery News
Title: “Parasite Gives Rats A Cat Pee Fetish : Discovery News”
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RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 02 Sep 2011 at 15:28 GMT

Additional coverage of this article can be found below:

Publication: USA Today
Title: “Are toxoplasma parasites taking over our brains?”
http://content.usatoday.c...

Publication: The Scientist
Title: “Parasite Spurs Rat Sexual Frenzy | The Scientist”
http://the-scientist.com/...

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RE: RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 23 Sep 2011 at 20:05 GMT

Additional media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Smithsonian Blogs
Title: “The Parasite That Makes a Rat Love a Cat | Surprising Science”
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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

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