Ok so hold up here:
If you read the full text article these guys took some neuron stem cell lines and infected them with toxoplasma gondii.
Then they did a ridiculously in depth gene and protein-level analysis and looked at changes in genes that have been implicated in these diseases. The analysis is crazy deep because that's what proteomics and bioinformatics is but it's really an associative analysis of an artificial state. The word "modulates" in their title is also interesting as it doesn't seem that the researchers have even established whether these changes are good or bad. They just know they are different.
Basically, "we infected brain cells with a parasite and the cells started producing different levels of proteins, some of which have been associated with known diseases"
This does NOT mean that your family member with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's had a toxo infection.
This does NOT mean that treating your family member for toxo will help them get better
Edit: words are hard
"The team then applied what they describe as a reconstruction and deconvolution approach to identify connections between T. gondii infection and altered pathways in neurodegenerative diseases, as well as connections between toxoplasmosis, human brain disorders, and some cancers. "Our results provide insights into mechanisms whereby this parasite could cause these associated diseases under some circumstances," the authors wrote. “This work provides a systems roadmap to design medicines and vaccines to repair and prevent neuropathologic effects of T. gondii infection of the human brain. Furthermore, our original template provides a novel method to integrate multiple levels of intrinsic and extrinsic factors highlighting a way to unravel complexity in brain parasitism, toxoplasmosis specifically, and other complex diseases.”
Wasn't this a stargaze:atlantis episode
Interesting. I have read that Toxoplasmosis can cause a type of Schizophrenia and also a type of early cataract.
I bet most people with cancer have had the flu, and mono, and the common cold.
I would like to see a study about toxoplasma gondii and human sexual orientation.
How does one pursue testing for this? I have a friend who I've always suspected may have this. She's a feral cat rescuer.
I understand there's a high incidence in France, due to their like of cats perhaps?
I'd also be interested in knowing rates in the aboriginal population of Australia, for some bushmen are also known to like cat.
Wouldn't that predict early and universal death for cat owners? Against all evidence?
So you read the article and find that in vitro cells exposed to the parasite produce some anomalous proteins that are indirectly associated with the conditions mentioned. Yeah, well...
Once we had salami slicing. Now we have click bait press releases. Academia is turning into a weak parody of commerce at its most vapourware-vending.