When cats were introduced to Australia, they brought several diseases with them. These diseases are taking a big toll on human health and the economy — but there are things we can do.
Toxoplasma already infects a third of the world's population but it's very hard to study and so treat.
Toxoplasma gondii only reproduces sexually in cats.
The parasite Toxoplasma gondii infects hosts, causes cysts in the brain and changes the behavior of the host. But is the microbe changing the hosts behavior or is the immune system to blame?
An unexpected breakthrough looks promising for finding new drugs to treat two deadly diseases.
Not quite yourself.
From losing inhibitions and anger to schizophrenia and dementia – science is uncovering the role small critters play in a range of illnesses and behaviours.
Food-borne diseases will continue to thrive unless Africa's meat inspection programmes are upgraded.
Feral cats are a triple threat to our wildlife through predation, competition and diseases such as toxoplasmosis.
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Feral cats are a huge threat to our native wildlife, hunting and killing an estimated 75 million animals across Australia each and every night. But the killing spree doesn’t end there. There’s a parasite…
Brain cancer and schizophrenia are the two most recent human conditions linked to Toxoplasma gondii.
I should admit straight up that I’m no fan of cats. Like any zoologist I treasure the rare glimpses I have had of lions, leopards, serval and even ocelot. But I have never understood the devotion of so…