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2008-06-08 15:15:00

One third of amphibians currently face extinction. This massive global decline in their population is largely due the chytrid fungus which is causing disease and killing many species. But according to recent findings, conservationists may be able to beat the fungus with bacteria. Certain types of "friendly" bacteria which naturally live on amphibians may be able to disable the bacteria with the chemicals they produce. This bacterium, Janthinobacterium lividum, may help the frogs survive...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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