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One man's infection is another's attraction ... or so it seems with a common parasite that scientists have discovered can turn women into 'sex kittens,' while making men less attractive.

The parasite Toxoplasma gondii infects about 40 percent of the world's population, an Australian researcher has found, and it has different effects on women versus men.

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"On the other hand, infected women tend to be more outgoing, friendly, more promiscuous, and are considered more attractive to men compared with non-infected controls. In short, it can make men behave like alley cats and women behave like sex kittens."
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,238957,00.html
 

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Whilst reading this in yesterday's paper I consumed not just a pinch, but a whole shaker's worth of salt.
 

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It's not that far fetched. Many species help to propigate themselves by altering the behavior of their hosts.

Rabies is a good example. A weirder one is a parasite that causes ants to swing from the top of grass so they will be more likely to be eaten and complete the life cycle of the parasite.
 

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given the schizophrenia connection with owning a pet cat, i'd tend to believe some of it yet the article is hugely sensationalized.
 
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