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Chronic Infection with the Parasite T. gondii Can Make Mice Lose Their Innate Fear of Cats

Caption: The loss of mice's innate fear may persist after the parasite is no longer detectable in their brains, suggesting that initial infection may cause permanent changes in the mechanisms underlying their fear of predators.

Credit: Wendy Ingram and Adrienne Greene

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