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More SEX!

Got your attention? Well, so can you! You can steal the attention of your seductive partner if you’re a male rat infected with this virus called Toxoplasma Gondii. Apparently, this sexually and vertically transmitted parasite makes its host more attractive to the opposite sex. Uninfected estrous rats spent more time and gave more mating opportunities to the infected males than the other, healthier choice. This study was done in Singapore but it seems like some people at Stanford were interested enough to confirm this study with a different strain of rats.  Can’t blame them. Who isn’t interested in sex?

Seriously, who doesn't like talking about sex?

Anyway, this phenomenon, as crazy as it may sound, makes perfect sense. Everything in nature is under evolutionary pressure to pass on their genes and it would be extremely beneficial for a STI to promote the sexual activity of their infected host. Many human STI are asymptomatic, unlike other viral infection that would make the host sick and less attractive. The scientist on NPR said this might be an adaptation for these viruses to pass on their genes. The radio show also claims that many other species have similar STIs such as beetle, ladybugs and crickets. Currently there is no evidence that suggest human STIs having this sort of effect, but who knows? Someday you might actually be attracted to someone’s parasite more than the actual person…

-Ryoe Will Takakura



Reader Comments (2)

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July 14, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterxnxx

This article was really useful, especially since I was trying to find thoughts on this subject last Thursday. Keep posting.

August 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterXNXX

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