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A Rescue Mission for Amphibians at the Brink of Extinction

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Science  22 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6126, pp. 1371
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6126.1371

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The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., is at work on an amphibian research laboratory in Panama. Chytrid fungus has been mowing down amphibians worldwide, but only a tiny fraction of the planet's approximately 7100 amphibian species would be candidates for study. Researchers hope that staving off extinctions will make such heroics unnecessary. And as species line up for the amphibian ark, scientists have taken a step toward bringing one frog back from extinction.