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A contagious brain disease has hit Norway’s reindeer, and scientists are afraid of it spreading

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Norway takes its reindeer seriously. Europe’s last remaining wild mountain reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) live in central and southern Norway. So the country’s veterinarians are naturally worried after finding a reindeer that died of a deadly and contagious brain disease—the reindeer version of mad-cow disease. The reindeer’s natural habitat has reduced by half in the…

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