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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About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. A former musician, he studied computer technology and cultural theory before receiving a PhD in sociology from the University of Essex. His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, due 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK, a co-founder of Club Critical Theory and Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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