Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Cats and Rats

This decade is being hailed as the Age of the Brain. Viruses can alter brain activity. A recent example is the discovery that cats carry a virus that can affect rats and make the rodents cat-tolerant. In an experiment, rats were placed in a pen that had the scent of cats in one corner. The rats with the virus went towards the corner, while those unaffected stayed away.

A cat-loving rat is destined for a short feline-rodent relationship!

The virus can also affect humans but is entirely harmless unless the person has HIV, in which case it is fatal.

7 comments:

  1. Interesting. Insulin sprayed directly int he nostrils may have a profound effect on alzehimers, I just heard. Amazing discoveries.

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  2. So nice to be back visiting your garden again - and the many interesting things to be found in it.
    Isabel xx

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  3. Interesting information here!

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  4. My cats would be most happy to welcome these rats into our yard.

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  5. uhmmm..Cats and Rats plus doggie, sounds interesting, especially when they are playing together Woof! LOL!


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