dc.contributor.authorDass, Shantala Arundathi Hari
dc.contributor.authorVasudevan, Anand
dc.contributor.authorDutta, Deborah
dc.contributor.authorSoh, Linda Jing Ting
dc.contributor.authorSapolsky, Robert M.
dc.contributor.authorVyas, Ajai
dc.identifier.citationDass, S. A. H., Vasudevan, A., Dutta, D., Soh, L. J. T., Sapolsky, R. M., & Vyas, A. (2011). Protozoan parasite toxoplasma gondii manipulates mate choice in rats by enhancing attractiveness of males. PLoS one, 6(11).en_US
dc.description.abstractFemales in various species typically avoid males infected with parasites, while parasite-free males advertise their status through conspicuous phenotypic traits. This process selects for heritable resistance and reduces direct exposure of the female to parasites. Coevolving parasites are likely to attempt to circumvent this obstacle. In this paper, we demonstrate a case of parasitic manipulation of host mate choice. We report that Toxoplasma gondii, a sexually transmitted infection of brown rats, enhances sexual attractiveness of infected males. Thus under some evolutionary niches, parasites can indeed manipulate host sexual signaling to their own advantage.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPLoS oneen_US
dc.rights© 2011 Dass et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.en_US
dc.subjectDRNTU::Science::Biological sciences::Microbiology
dc.titleProtozoan parasite toxoplasma gondii manipulates mate choice in rats by enhancing attractiveness of malesen_US
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Biological Sciencesen_US
dc.description.versionPublished versionen_US

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