Immune resistance and avoidance of deadly fungus by frogs

A new study published this year in the journal Nature provides evidence that vaccinations against Bd may be an effective measure of protection. The researchers found that frogs exposed to the chytrid fungus would avoid it during a second exposure, or gain acquired immunity through the production of white blood cells. Since even dead Bd strains set off an acquired immune response in the frogs, it might be possible to inoculate some species of frogs with dead chytrid strains to equip them against the living pathogen, much like how our vaccinations work. More research needs to be done to explore this study’s findings, but it seems very promising.

Frog: 11, Fungus: 16

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