Image of toxoplasma cyst Credit: Carruthers Lab / University of Michigan Medical School.
Bradyzoites (blue) are the cyst form of T. gondii that reside in the brain. Autophagosomes (pink) are digested by the parasite’s VAC in an energy-saving process called autophagy.

Research aims to starve toxoplasma

Parasite contracted from consuming undercooked, contaminated meat or coming in contact with cat feces containing oocyst form of toxoplasma.

What makes for a “skilled” parasite? According to Clemson University College of Science assistant professor of biological sciences Zhicheng Dou, high transmissibility but slow host mortality are two characteristics that make parasites successful. A parasitic disease can't spread if it kills its host before infecting someone else.

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