Parasite needs chemical (lipid/nutrient) in cat intestines for sex

13:37 EDT 21 Aug 2019 | Science Daily

Toxoplasma gondii is a microbial parasite that infects humans and but needs cats to complete its full life cycle. New research shows why: the sexual phase of the parasite's life cycle requires linoleic acid, a nutrient/lipid found at uniquely high levels in the felines, because cats lack a key enzyme for breaking it down.

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