March 31st, 2014, 8:19 am

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Reply TheCatMolloy, March 31st, 2014, 8:29 am

Toxoplasma Gondii can reproduce asexually in virtually any warm-blooded animal, but they reproduce sexually only in cats, and are of the most benefit to cats. It's hypothesized that the bacteria has a similar effect on human brains as it does on rodents - it doesn't (in most cases) incapacitate the host, but it makes them like cats more and the mechanism by which this takes place isn't fully understood.

So they're not just fuzzy little assholes, they're fuzzy little jedi assholes.

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Reply lopes (Guest), March 31st, 2014, 11:51 am

Additionally.. Additionally:
It is easier to contract toxoplasma gondii througH DOGS, surprise! T. gondii is a parasite whose "eggs", the oocysts, are passed through feces which are in turn eaten up or even rolled around in by dogs. They being unclean bring it back to the owners home and infect them. And Now You Know! :D

Reply TheCatMolloy, March 31st, 2014, 12:30 pm

Dogs can be Sith.

Reply Agen (Guest), March 31st, 2014, 2:16 pm

I aprove the third panel..

Reply Eli (Guest), April 1st, 2014, 11:50 am

It's interesting because T. gondii (as far as we know) isn't harmful for humans or almost any animal as we're not it's typical host. However! When it infects sea otters, the results can be fatal. Otters are the only known species who have such reactions to T. gondii infections.

Reply Anne Onymous (Guest), April 3rd, 2014, 12:48 am

Pedantic This is not a bacteria, it is a protozoan, and the G of gondii should not be capitalized. (More pedantically is that Toxoplasma gondii should be italicized too)

Reply Melody (Guest), April 12th, 2014, 1:39 pm

Additionally, it can potentially trigger schizophrenia in genetically predisposed individuals. So yeah, there's that.

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