Oh good, a freaky brain parasite has found its way to the Arctic

Toxoplasma gondii – the brain parasite infamous for making rats fearless of cats and maybe causing schizophrenia in humans – has been identified in Beluga whales. In the Arctic. It's an example, researchers say, of how the warming of the Arctic is allowing pathogens access where before they could not reach. » 2/15/14 10:15am 2/15/14 10:15am

Great, the effects of toxoplasma are harder to fix than we thought

Toxoplasma gondii is a brain parasite that makes mice lose their instinctive fear of cats and may lead to schizophrenia in humans. Scientists think that the parasite works by inflaming the brain or by creating cysts. But it now appears that Toxoplasma is doing something far more insidious — and permanent — to the… » 9/18/13 2:00pm 9/18/13 2:00pm

Common cat parasite could actually be causing schizophrenia and suicide

Tons of cat owners have Toxoplasma gondii, the common feline parasite. We've known for quite some time that T. gondii makes rats lose their fear of cats, making them more likely to be eaten. We've also known that the parasite causes humans to become more reckless, and in some cases hornier. » 2/09/12 6:40am 2/09/12 6:40am