The Wonder of Parasites

I’ve blogged about my wonder concerning Toxoplasma gondii before. I’ve also blogged about Robert Sapolsky before. It gives me great pleasure, therefore, to be able to point you towards a video of Robert Sapolsky talking about Toxoplasma gondii. This is literally mind-blowing stuff. Go watch it.

Shiver when you consider the fact of the interest from the US military in this parasite. And then wonder if a future autopsy of Jeremy Clarkson will reveal that his brain was riddled with Toxoplasma gondii cysts. I think the likelihood is high.

There’s also a section at the end, which is not reflected in the transcript, about research on premature ageing. That is also worth listening to and reflecting upon.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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