Modern Genetics Vs. Ancient Frog-killing Fungus: Round One

Monday, October 13, 2008 - 20:35 in Biology & Nature

Scientists at the University of Idaho have sequenced the genome of the chytrid fungus known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). Bd has been a major player in declining frog populations around the world. Scientists compared gene activation in two stages of Bd's life cycle. Out of several genes identified, one gene family in particular may hold the key to how the fungus kills frogs.

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