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An Unlikely New Cancer Cure...From Cat Poop!

Scientists have discovered that a parasite normally found in cat faeces could help them to formulate a cancer-fighting vaccine.

Though Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a single-celled parasite, is happiest when hanging out in a cat’s intestines, it can live in any warm blooded animal and affects about one-third of the world...
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Are You a Zombie?

There are parasites that infect certain insects and turn them into self-destructive zombies (and it turns out this can happen to people too--do you own a cat?)

When a...
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Something is Killing Our Cats

...and this time, it's not petfood from China! On Dreamland, Linda Howe often reports on mysterious cat mutilations across the US. Now something else is killing our cats?a mysterious epidemic of thyroid disease. Researchers may have finally found the cause: exposure to dust from flame retardants in household carpeting, furniture, fabrics and...

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Cat Mysteries

When she was in the hospital, Anne Strieber was visited by a cat who was already dead. Now the New England Journal of Medicine reports about a Rhode Island nursing home cat named Oscar who comforts people who are about to die. Dr. David Dosa says, "He doesn't make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die."

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A Cat Fur Coat?

Cats and dogs are being farmed for fur in Europe and Asia. It's thought that hundreds of thousands of cat and dog skins are traded in Europe each year, often mislabeled and sold as the furs of exotic or mythical animals. The BBC discovered a video of a Belgian furrier with a blanket he says is made from cats farmed in Belgium. Stray cats and...

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