Beware the Body Snatchers

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  1. Parasite- noun
    • an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by
    • deriving nutrients at the host's expense.

    But not so with a rate infected by a mind-controlling parasite called Toxoplasma gondii.
  2. Host-noun
    • (also host cell) a living cell in
    • which a virus multiplies.

    Like outer parasites, it needs an organism, or host, to call home.
  3. Replicate- verb
    make an exact copy of; reproduce

    Only there can it become an adult and replicate, ensuring the survival of its species.
  4. Manipulate- verb
    control or play upon unfairly

     There, the tiny organism manipulates its host.
  5. Lurk- verb
    be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something.

    As a result, infected rats actually seek out places where cats are lurking.
  6. Scamper- verb
    run with quick light steps, esp. through fear or excitement

    If an unlucky rodent scampers among the egg-laden feces and ingests the eggs, the entire life cycle of T. gondii will play out again.
  7. Subtle- adjective
    so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe

    •  Studies have found that in serious cases,
    • infected people show subtle changes in how they act.
  8. Hallucination- noun
    • an experience involving the apparent perception of something not present.
    • Perception of objects with no reality.

    • Some people have slowed reaction times and, in extreme cases, individuals may show signs if schizophrenia, a psychiatric condition that cause hallucinations and
    • harm the thinking process.
  9. Contaminated- verb
    to infect by contact or association

    • To reduce the risk of contacting T.gondii, scientists recommend cooking meat fully
    • before eating it, and washing your hands after touching soil, sand, or kitty
    • litter that could be contaminated by infected cat droppings.
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Beware the Body Snatchers
2012-09-17 22:35:39
Beware Body Snatchers

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