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Frog skin secretions offer the first ray of hope in a deadly fungal epidemic

A few amphibians in Panama are suddenly showing signs of resistance.

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A Pristamantis frog in Panama

Cori Richards-Zawacki

The early 2000s were a great time to study amphibians in Panama. At night, dozens of species sang out in chorus while researchers measured and photographed frog after frog, often hiking to remote sites hours from the nearest road. Jamie Voyles and Cori Richards-Zawacki were both graduate students at the time, just at the start of their scientific careers, and Panama’s amphibians offered a plethora of research possibilities.

There were glass frogs, nocturnal frogs with bulging eyes, and arboreal frogs with huge, webbed feet.

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