A team of researchers at a pesticide company are working produce a new rodent poison to address a growing problem of rat infestations at an old waterfront warehouse. The researchers are developing a poison that will cause the junctions between intestinal cells to break down. The poison will be incorporated into grain and left where the rodents will feed on it. Which of the following describes the most likely effect of this poison?
a. The gap junctions will break down resulting in leaks in the digestive tract.
b. The tight junctions will break down resulting in leaks in the digestive tract.
c. The gap junctions will break down and interfere with absorption of nutrients.
d. The tight junctions will break down and interfere with absorption of nutrients.
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