The fun­gal dif­fer­ence

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WHY ARE Asian bats sur­viv­ing the white-nose syn­drome that is wip­ing out pop­u­la­tions in North Amer­ica? Re­searchers say the fun­gus that causes the dis­ease is en­demic in Asia, so bats have co­ex­isted with it. Also, the Asian bats have lower lev­els of in­fec­tion as com­pared to their North Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts and, there­fore, are re­sis­tant to the fun­gus. Pro­ceed­ings of the Royal So­ci­ety B, March 9

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