For all you Peeps fans, the NY Times has a big article on Toxoplasma today. (That’s the cat-loving parasite in chapter 4 that changes rat and—possibly—human behavior.)
Next, the scientists observed how Toxoplasma spread through a living animal. They added a firefly gene to the parasites so that they produced a glow. When they injected the parasites into mice, a little of the light escaped from the animals. By putting the mice in a darkened box, Dr. Barragan and his colleagues could track the parasites as they spread . . .
Kewl. Glowing infected mice of the world, unite!
In honor of this event, I am posting the new paperback Peeps cover, in all its peep-eyed goodness:
Revealed at last, the source of new header for my blog! (Don’t you think that “Cal” looks a bit like a young Ewan McGregor?)
For more biological degustations, check out Carl Zimmer’s blog.