Article 1 - Joseph A Hrinda BIOG 115 February 28th 2007...

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Joseph A Hrinda BIOG 115 February 28 th 2007 Article : Saving Frogs might help save us, too Source : The Plain Dealer Publication : Monday, February 26, 2007 This article pertains to a team of scientists and professors working to develop a new breed of frogs that are resistant to a deadly fungus, known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis . Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is a deadly fungus that infects the Keratin in amphibians and hinders the absorption of oxygen by the skin and regulation of temperature by the body. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo researcher, Kathy Krynak and two biology professors from the Mount Union College are performing research and experiments with the Golden frog, in an attempt to breed a super-frog resistant to the killer fungus. Although the researchers are experimenting with frogs, all amphibians including Newts, Salamanders, Caecillians (legless amphibians), and similar species are threatened with the possibility of extinction. If the research proves successful, golden frogs could possibly provide a new hope for all amphibians, aiding in the reproduction of immune amphibians. The burgeoned fungus has two ways by which global warming is nourishing the fungus: Higher temperatures during the day increase evaporation rates and cloud formations; secondly, clouds serve as insulation at night, while the warm temperatures provide higher survival rates. The fungus effects are astronomical on Amphibians, inhibiting them from adjusting their body temperatures to match the surroundings, thus consequently, lowering their immune systems. Amphibians absorb oxygen through the skin by means of air and water. They also have mucus glands, which help to moisten skin so oxygen and can easily pass. To draw conclusion to my points we must understand that a protein known as Keratin normally prevents unwanted substances from entering the body. However, the fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis disables this function in amphibians, thus disrupting the amphibian’s natural laws of conservation,
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