Parasite makes mice not afraid of cats – it’s ultimate goal is to infect cats who eat these mice

Mice may permanently shed a fear of felines when infected with a parasite. The effects linger long after the parasites disappear, a study shows. The protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii can infect most mammals, including humans, But the parasite can reproduce only in the feline gut, so cats need to eat animals infected with T. gondii to keep the parasite generations going. Perhaps […]