Hope Against The Frogpocalypse Fungus, But Just a Sliver

Since the 1990s, the world has witnessed the rise of one of the most terrifying diseases to afflict any animal group: a doomsday fungus that is ripping through the world’s frogs and amphibians. Known as Batrachochtyrium dendrobatidis, or Bd for short, it causes a disease that has wiped out dozens of species and endangered hundreds more. It’s a global problem and earlier this year, it was finally found in Madagascar—the last Bd-free amphibian stronghold. “That’s it. The worst news imaginable,” wrote one herpetologist.

Bd news is almost always bad news. But this week, Taegan McMahon from the University of South Florida has a more ...

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