Cat parasite toxoplasma impacts GABA transmission

Cat parasite toxoplasma uses ‘Trojan horse’ to infect human brain and may cause suicidal thoughts and risk-taking…vesalius

A nice article in the Independent today about research into toxoplasma, which can manipulate, it seems, GABA neurotransmitters – GABA being an inhibitor of the action potential as opposed to glutamate, for example, which is an excitatory transmission. So in effect, the virus could, potentially, influence behaviour in a similar way to neuropharmaceuticals (benzodiazapenes e.g.) or drugs like liquid ecstasy or GHB. Makes cat shit slightly more appealing perhaps. But only potentially…

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