Secrets of Frog Killer Laid Bare

Scientists have unravelled the mechanism by which the fungal disease chytridiomycosis kills its victims.

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The fungus is steadily spreading through populations of frogs and other amphibians worldwide, and has sent some species extinct in just a few years.

Researchers now report in the journal Science that the fungus kills by changing the animals’ electrolyte balance, resulting in cardiac arrest.

The finding is described as a “key step” in understanding the epidemic.

Read more: BBC

Kirtland Peterson

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