Is Your Brain Being Controlled by a Parasite?
“Is Your Brain Being Controlled by a Parasite?” is a fascinating article about a parasite - Toxoplasma Gondii - that alterers the behavior of at least 60 million people in the United States alone. Though scientists aren’t sure on how exactly this parasite affects the human brain, they do know that the “toxo” parasite alters the natural behavioral patterns of rats to such an extent that they become attracted to cat urine - a dangerous situation for a rat. And the reason for this is that this parasite can only reproduce in the cat intestine. Fascinating. This article will fascinate readers and make for some interesting discussion about contemporary scientific testing and ingenuity of nature. (Interdisciplinary fun: perhaps it was “toxo” that lead Kafka’s rat in “A Little Fable” to the end of the corridor!)

Author: Greg Kirmser

Interest Levels: 7 - 10

Reading Levels: 2, 4, 6, 8