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As a cat lady and biologist, I found this amusing.
You like cats because they're beautiful, elegant creatures, right? Or is it because you've been infected by a parasite that influences your brain?
Bizarrely, new research raises that question, finding that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which lives in cats, actually makes cats attractive rather than scary to their natural prey (in this case, rats). Earlier research also suggests that this parasite, which can infect humans, may affect personality and possibly even the risk of schizophrenia.
Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/1...#ixzz1VPftCeSI