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Cat mind-altering parasite widespread in Australia: study

A surprising new study suggests two-thirds of Australians have been exposed to a potentially mind-altering cat parasite.

Toxoplasma gondii is famous for manipulating the brains of infected mice so they run towards cats, instead of away from them – raising questions about what it could be doing to human brains.

New research from a team of Edith Cowan University scientists found 66 per cent of the 150 people they studied had antibodies to the parasite.


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Dr Aus Molan led the study into the effects of cat parasite Toxoplasma Gondii.

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