Is a mutated fungus killing American bats?


A FUNGUS blamed for killing more than a million bats in the US since 2006 has been found to differ only slightly from an apparently harmless European version. The genetic differences could hold the key to preventing future deaths. Jeffrey Foster at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and colleagues, compared the genomes of strains of Geomyces destructans infecting US and European bats and found that the strain thought to cause lethal “white nose syndrome” (WNS) in the US is almost identical to one that is harmless to bats in Europe. “There were very few mutational differences between the North American and European samples,
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