Mind-Altering Parasite May Make Infected People More Attractive

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Toxoplasma gondii is a common parasite, speculated to infect up to 50% people worldwide. While it’s more well known in influencing human behaviour, it may change people physically too. A study has observed that people found individuals infected with T. gondii to be more attractive because infected individuals were more likely to have more symmetrical facial features. The researchers speculate that T. gondii may be subtly changing their hosts’ appearance through hormonal fluctuations, for example, by changing testosterone levels. Read full article here

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