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Toxoplasma Infection in Mice Reduces Generalized Anxiety, not just Feline Fear

08:00 EST 15 Jan 2020 | Genetic Engineering News

A newly reported study suggests that mice infected with Toxoplasma gondii show a comprehensive decrease in general anxiety and reduced aversion to a wide range of threats, rather than exhibiting just a specific loss of feline-specific fear. The studies showed that the severity of T. gondii-induced behavioral changes was associated with cyst load and neuroinflammation in the infected mouse brain.

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