Why do Victorians keep voting for Daniel Andrews?
Science may finally have an answer
A surprising new study suggests two-thirds of Australians have been exposed to a potentially mind-altering cat parasite.
Toxoplasma gondii is famous for manipulating the brains of infected mice so they run towards cats, instead of away from them – raising questions about what it could be doing to human brains.
New research from a team of Edith Cowan University scientists found 66 per cent of the 150 people they studied had antibodies to the parasite.
“It blew us out of the water,” said Dr Aus Molan, the Edith Cowan University researcher who led the study.
Associate Professor Chris Tonkin, among Australia’s leading toxo researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, called the number “extraordinarily high – much higher than I would have expected, that’s for sure”.
In other science and pathogen news, ‘experts’ have begun a trans-Tasman study to investigate why the number of children and adolescents presenting to emergency departments with mental health concerns this century has doubled. Thirty institutions will participate in The Kids Are Not Okay study. Black Dog Institute director Helen Christensen told the ABC that “climate change and the bushfires” might be causes. I can almost smell the skip where ‘junk studies’ end up. No, Helen. The spike is caused by children being raised in ‘child-care’ centres and by computers in a family-hating society of infantilised adults who believe in nothing more profound than their iPhones and Married At First Sight. The kids are not alright because their parents are nihilist bogans.