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An overlooked cause of crashes

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by TonyE, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. An interesting (very heavy) article.

    Increased incidence of traffic accidents in Toxoplasma-infected military drivers ...


    Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that infects mice - it makes them unafraid of cats which causes them to be more likely to be eaten (the parasite spends part of its life cycle in cats). Apparently it's also common in humans and appears to slow responses which might explain the increaed crash incidence.
  2. Intriguing, I noticed at one point they mentioned the infected drivers on average had 6 times higher risk of an accident than otherwise.

    I'm a little curious to know just how many Australians could have the same thing, and if it has the same effect on those not in the military (considering the average person is not trained to have quick reflexes and reaction times).
  3. I always knew cat owners were braver.