YOUR CAT’S POO COULD MAKE YOU A FA­MOUS EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR

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A new study pub­lished in the jour­nal Pro­ceed­ings of the Royal So­ci­ety (Bi­o­log­i­cal sci­ence) claims that a par­a­site in your cat’s fae­ces may in­flu­ence your risk-tak­ing and en­tre­pre­neur­ial be­hav­iour. The study found that stu­dents who test pos­i­tive for the pro­to­zoa-like Tox­o­plasma gondii were more likely to study busi­ness, while oth­ers were very likely to start their own busi­ness. Ac­cord­ing to the lead au­thor of the pa­per, Ste­fanie John­son, in coun­tries with a higher preva­lence of the par­a­site only a small pro­por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion demon­strated a “fear of fail­ure”. How­ever, the re­sults of the study are cor­re­la­tional and not causal. There’s no way to tell if tox­o­plas­mo­sis ac­tu­ally causes peo­ple to take more risks or lean to­wards busi­ness ven­tures; other fac­tors could also in­flu­ence this be­hav­iour pat­tern.

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