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(Mother Nature Network)   Not only did that last frog you kissed lie about being Prince Charming, there's a good chance he may have given you a raging chytrid infection as well   (mnn.com) divider line 18
    More: Scary, Prince Charming, Pacific Chorus frogs, fungal infections, frogs, salamanders, animal research, Pacific, San Francisco State University  
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2738 clicks; posted to Geek » on 14 Mar 2012 at 2:24 PM (3 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-03-14 11:22:48 AM  
I hope it isn't terminal. I'm too young to croak
 
2012-03-14 11:43:51 AM  
No, no. You don't kiss a frog.

It's a toad and you squeeze the puss from it's "warts" onto some aluminum foil and you smoke it.

The effect is not that different from fark.
 
2012-03-14 12:41:05 PM  

ArkAngel: I hope it isn't terminal. I'm too young to croak


Ba Dum, Tshhh
 
2012-03-14 01:52:45 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: No, no. You don't kiss a frog.

It's a toad and you squeeze the puss from it's "warts" onto some aluminum foil and you smoke it.


Puss may have warts, but warts don't have puss.
 
2012-03-14 02:20:16 PM  

Daddy's Big Pink Man-Squirrel: Because People in power are Stupid: No, no. You don't kiss a frog.

It's a toad and you squeeze the puss from it's "warts" onto some aluminum foil and you smoke it.

Puss may have warts, but warts don't have puss.


It is a descriptive term and not actually meant to reflect reality.
 
2012-03-14 02:32:06 PM  
FTA: ...known for their distinctive "ribbit" calls.

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2012-03-14 02:46:28 PM  
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We have to do something about these frogs before it's too late. They're going to- ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD..
 
2012-03-14 02:47:19 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: No, no. You don't kiss a frog.

It's a toad and you squeeze the puss from it's "warts" onto some aluminum foil and you smoke it.

The effect is not that different from fark.


Cue the dumbass farker that tries this and then comes back to complain about contracting some exotic disease or melting half their brain cells
 
2012-03-14 02:48:02 PM  
The water-dwelling fungus attacks an amphibian's skin, disrupting the animal's ability to transport electrolytes - charged ions such as sodium -and ultimately causing cardiac arrest and death.

I think the solution is clear.

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2012-03-14 03:16:15 PM  
Evolution in progress.
Don't freak out people. This may be an indicator of what is to come.
More fungus among us.
 
2012-03-14 03:23:38 PM  
Fortunately, Chytrid doesn't affect humans. Nasty to frogs and toads, though. Don't be promiscuous with them.
 
2012-03-14 03:30:11 PM  
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2012-03-14 03:30:55 PM  

StrangeQ: Because People in power are Stupid: No, no. You don't kiss a frog.

It's a toad and you squeeze the puss from it's "warts" onto some aluminum foil and you smoke it.

The effect is not that different from fark.

Cue the dumbass farker that tries this and then comes back to complain about contracting some exotic disease or melting half their brain cells


Well, you can't use just any toad. It has to be the Colorado River Toad, Bufo alvarius. Its venom contains 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenin, and if you dry it and smoke it you will totally trip balls. It's relatively harmless when smoked, but ingesting it orally might be a really bad idea.
 
2012-03-14 03:46:49 PM  

ampoliros: FTA: ...known for their distinctive "ribbit" calls.

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Rumor has it these frogs are the only ones that actually "ribbit".
 
2012-03-14 04:34:13 PM  
So the environmentalists all panty-wasty about amphibians were completely wrong about the source.

Good ol-Ma-Natural is wiping out her chillins on her own huh?

Good thing I ignored them dumb greenies now eh? Otherwise I woulda stopped using DDT for nothin.

/they've known it was a fungus for a long time
//the new part is knowing where it's coming from
 
2012-03-14 05:32:31 PM  

StrangeQ: Because People in power are Stupid: No, no. You don't kiss a frog.

It's a toad and you squeeze the puss from it's "warts" onto some aluminum foil and you smoke it.

The effect is not that different from fark.

Cue the dumbass farker that tries this and then comes back to complain about contracting some exotic disease or melting half their brain cells


You are speaking from experience?
 
2012-03-15 11:46:32 AM  
"Our findings explain the steady march of chytrid up the mountain," said Natalie Reeder, who conducted the research for her master's thesis at San Francisco State University, in a press release issued by the university. "These frogs can climb mountains and go places that are pretty dry."

Based on this quote I don't think the study believes chorus frogs are responsible for the global chytrid outbreak, just local ones in western North America (you know because they only live in western North America) so the most likely carrier for the global chytrid plague is still the african clawed frog...so nothing has changed
 
2012-03-15 11:41:35 PM  
Something I can't help wondering is whether the trait of leaving some patches of its skin still vulnerable (rather than resisting the fungus thoroughly across all its skin) is an advantageous trait that's been naturally selected for. If a chorus frog shows up at a pond in which there are competing species of amphibians, carrying along a high load of a parasite that can wipe out the competition could be beneficial to itself.


Thorny: "Our findings explain the steady march of chytrid up the mountain," said Natalie Reeder, who conducted the research for her master's thesis at San Francisco State University, in a press release issued by the university. "These frogs can climb mountains and go places that are pretty dry."

Based on this quote I don't think the study believes chorus frogs are responsible for the global chytrid outbreak, just local ones in western North America (you know because they only live in western North America) so the most likely carrier for the global chytrid plague is still the african clawed frog...so nothing has changed



It's a strange understatement to that say nothing has changed. Researchers have gained a better understanding of the fungus's spread within the range of the chorus frog (not a small range at that), and it could also be a step towards gaining a better understanding of the biochemical/immunological traits that give the chorus frog its resistance. Just because it's not the discovery of a solution doesn't take away from the fact that it is an added piece of the puzzle.
 
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