While many people are suffering through hard times these days, the same can also be said for those in the animal kingdom – particularly frogs. According to New Scientist magazine, frogs are under attack from a worldwide fungus which causes chytrid disease – a deadly killer. However, researchers at James Madison University recently discovered that the frogs exposed to the deadly fungus can actually survive – if their bodies are coated with a bacterium called J. lividum. This bacteria produces an antibiotic that is used in antifungal drugs, and the scientists hope to bathe a number of webbed critters with this antidote to revive their species. So it looks like the marvels of science may help keep many frogs from croaking, quite literally!
April 6, 2011 by CFACT,
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