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Guardian: Cat parasite linked to brain cancer

An infectious parasite spread by cats may be a cause of brain cancer in humans, research suggests.

The single-celled organism Toxoplasma gondii infects about a third of the world's population. Often it causes no symptoms, but the parasite can be fatal to unborn babies and damage the nerve systems of people with weak immune systems.

The new study shows a positive correlation between rates of infection by T. gondii and brain cancer incidence around the world.

That's quite enough evidence for me.

Time for a cull!

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. Now they are on a par with dogs & theirpoo. Pets are just too dangerous. I'm a bit concerned about what I might catch from Eric the stick insect!

  2. Cats' viruses are far more dangerous than dog poo: dog poo is not airborne. And it doesn't give you brain cancer. In fact, cats' viruses are far more dangerous than second-hand smoke and nuclear waste. If it were any creature other than bloody cats, the public would be demanding that we ban them.

    Is that Eric the half-stick-insect?

    [The spam-code for this comment was UQFUE. A dangerous one for Speverend Rooner!]

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