Joe’s Reading Log

January 23, 2006

Diseased Cat Lovers

Filed under: Humor — Joe Martin @ 12:44 am

It’s true, cat lovers aren’t in their right minds. Professor Tabarrok of Marginal Revolution has the scoop:

Amazingly, Toxoplasma gondii infects the brains of rats making them change their behavior in a subtle way that increases the genetic fitness of the parasite. Toxoplasma makes the infected rats less scared of cats and so more likely to be eaten!

Now here is the kicker. Toxoplasma gondii also infects a lot of humans.

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