A pathogenic parasite known to cause psychiatric symptoms such as hallucinations may make infected people more attractive, a study has found.  Each image represents the average face of men and women with (left) and without (right) Toxoplasma infection.  Since each image was created by merging photos of 10 individuals for each category, the faces shown in the images are not real individuals

Mind-altering parasite can make people more attractive, study finds

While the disease can usually aggravate us, a cunning parasite makes its human carriers more physically desirable, according to a new study. During experiments, volunteers looked at photos of people infected or not by Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis. The parasite is spread through exposure to infected cat feces, as well as contaminated …

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