Contact: Robert Sanders
University of California - Berkeley
Caption: A mouse infected with the Toxoplasma parasite loses its fear of cats, which is good for both the parasite and the cat. The cat gets an easy meal, while the parasite gets into the cat's intestinal system, the only place it can sexually reproduce and complete its cycle of infection.
Credit: Wendy Ingram, UC Berkeley
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