Tate Williams

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My cat Knives, whom I love unconditionally

Cat litter parasites control the brain by hijacking immune system

The cat-loving parasite with a creepy reputation for hijacking its host’s behavior is using the infected body’s own immune system for transportation, but also to juice it with a neurotransmitter that can suppress fear. There’s a growing body of research [...]

December 28, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
My cat Knives, whom I love unconditionally

Mind-controlling cat parasites

Theories that a cat parasite can alter the minds of humans — triggering sexual desire, testosterone levels, recklessness, suicidal urges, and now even schizophrenia — are gaining momentum. A fascinating Atlantic profile of the Czech scientist leading the theories about Toxoplasma documents [...]

February 11, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing