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C is for Cat Feces

By Jonathan Farrow from The Thoughtful Pharaoh

I’ve never been a cat person, myself.  They just seem a bit too contemptuous as a species.

Cats, aside from being aloof, clawed, and kind of mean, also form a necessary part in the life cycle of a single-celled protozoan called  571 more words


Nightcap - Jan 12

Twitter data analysis and LinkedIn are covered in The Nightcap – Radar


There are zombies among us (2013)

Research began on 19 September 2013.

This article by Jerome Burne in The Telegraph, although sensationalist, has some roots in research with regard to how parasites can create behavioural changes in host bodies in order to reproduce themselves. 562 more words


Best of the blog 2014

It’s almost time for us to say goodbye to 2014 and wave a big hello to 2015. Before we do, it seems like the right moment to reflect on the amazing year we’ve had here on… 746 more words

Clinical & Medical Microbiology

Are you sick or angry?

It’s no news that the toxoplasma parasite can change our behavior, and the rabies virus too (to put it mildly), but it’s absolutely fascinating that… 10 more words

Quirky World

Toxoplasma gondi infection may cause 1 in 5 cases of schizophrenia

From Penn News:

Epidemiological Study by Penn Vet Professor Investigates Parasite-Schizophrenia Connection

Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194 | October 29, 2014

Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

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Do microbes control our minds?

I just read a fascinating article, by Kathleen Mcaulitte, at The Atlantic.com. It has to do with the research of Jaroslav Flegr, whose theories about the microbe Toxoplasma gondii are revolutionary. 804 more words

Aspergers And Health