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This is your brain on toxoplasmosis

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by twilyth, Aug 2, 2011.

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    Well, toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasmosis is the disease it causes. It infects and estimated third of the world's population but is generally considered harmless. I suppose that would be "harmless" in the same sense as asbestos was once regarded as harmless.

    This is an incredibly devious protozoan if I might be permitted to anthropomorphize for a moment. It can only reproduce in cats so it's primary objective is to infect an animal that will be eaten by cats. The preferred vector seems to be mice. Once it infects a mouse, it dulls the animal's sense of fear and actually causes it to have an affinity for cat urine - thus making it even more likely that it will be caught and eaten.

    However there is some evidence that it also has similar effects in people.

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    edit: the article mainly focuses on it's link to brain cancer, but since there was a great article in SciAm Mind that focused on the behavioral aspects (potentially) and since I can't post links to that article, I decided to quote this one for that purpose. :toast:
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    My wife is pregnant and the first thing they told her is to never change the litterbox. So now I'm responsible for it. Troll baby!!!!!!!
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    The behavior of that parasite is rather <intelligent>. That's kinda scary ....
    Scientists find more and more things that can cause cancer. It's become a real nightmare since they found in early 1900s that cancer is caused by oncovirus. I don't like to quote wiki but ...

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    I know the human papilloma virus was a big/primary cause of ovarian/cervical (???) cancer. I wonder if that was a significant chunk of that total. If so, widespread use of the HPV vaccine might make those numbers a little better.
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    Good zombie potential here. Just sayin'.
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    Anyone else think of this?



    Also, this is just one of the many reasons I hate cats.
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    Yes that's correct hpv can cause cancer. I even remember there was news how oral sex causes cancer lol.

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/201...02_1_oral-cancer-hpv-vaccines-cervical-cancer

    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1619814,00.html
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    No wonder my cat is always trying to eat me.
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    Fuckin Cats and their shit...
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