Thursday, August 08, 2002

Toadal Annihilation

CSIRO is at it again. Previously mentioned in this weblog for their research on creating populations of all-male carp, scientists at CSIRO are also working on a way to keep Cane toad (Bufo marinus) tadpoles from turning into adults. According to this article at, they hope to find a protein that is essential to adult toads but not found in tadpoles, so that they can then give the tadpoles a "disease" that makes them produce antibodies for that protein. Keeping the toads from reaching a reproductive stage may be the key to controlling this invasive and toxic species, a South American native that is hopping rampant all over Australia.

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