• Tue, Dec 26 2006

Toxoplasma Makes Women More Attractive

You can’t make this stuff up! A recent study has found that infection with Toxoplasma gondii affects people’s personality and mental state.

Dr. Nicky Boulter, Sydney University of Technology infectious disease researcher:

Infected men have lower IQs, achieve a lower level of education and have shorter attention spans. They are also more likely to break rules and take risks, be more independent, more anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose, and are deemed less attractive to women.

Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses Plush Kitty: Little TwylaOn 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.

Think you might have toxoplasmosis? ;)

NB: Toxoplasma gondii has the potential to cause serious health problems in pregnant women and their unborn fetuses as well as immunocompromised individuals. More information from the CDC.

The Age, December 26, 2006

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