Friday, 2 May 2014

Sample of a frog's slimy skin predicts susceptibility to disease

Date:
April 30, 2014

Source:
University of Colorado at Boulder

Summary:
A simple sample of the protective mucus layer that coats a frog's skin can now be analyzed to determine how susceptible the frog is to disease, thanks to a new technique. The findings could help scientists successfully reintroduce endangered amphibians into the wild by reducing the chance that the amphibians will be killed by diseases that may have played a role in the species' original declines.


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