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Fatal Frog Fungus Releases Toxicity That Disables Immune Response
2013-10-18 09:09:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For the last 40 years, amphibian species around the world have been dying out. A type of chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, was identified in 1998 as causing skin infections in frogs. Since then, it has become recognized as a leading contributor to worldwide amphibian decline. A new study from Vanderbilt University, published in the journal Science, reports that the fungus is killing these animals by releasing a toxic...


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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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