Toxoplasma gondii aka parasite in cat faeces

Hugh

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A bit late in the day, but I was bemused by this item in the news recently:

Can a cat-poo parasite turn you into a millionaire?

There were several articles about in the press, this particular one was the one easiest for me to find.

The gist of it is that those infected by this parasite are 80% more likely to start a business than those who haven't been.
Likewise, students who have been infected are 40% more likely to major in business at university, and 70% more likely to emphasise "management and entrepreneurship" in their business studies.

I don't know to what extent this is "silly season" stuff, but if there is something in this story, I find it truly remarkable that the existence of a parasite in the brain can make one more likely to become a business entrepreneur.

If this is the case, I can't help wondering what parasites live in the brains of certain well-known business figures? By extension I wonder what parasites call the shots in the brains of certain well-known politicians? By further extension.... Who are the true rulers of the world?
 
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You have to be careful with the old correlation is not causation issue here. I might be just as likely that people who have been brought up with cats are (for some bizarre psychological reason) more likely to start a business/major in business etc.
 

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You have to be careful with the old correlation is not causation issue here. I might be just as likely that people who have been brought up with cats are (for some bizarre psychological reason) more likely to start a business/major in business etc.
This makes excellent sense!

Many thanks.
 
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