A deadly fungus, chytrid, is attacking frogs’ skin and wiping out hundreds of species worldwide. A chytrid infection prevents the normal movement of water and nutrients through the amphibians’s skin.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, Mountain yellow-legged frogs, found only in California’s alpine lakes, have been in steep decline due to the fungus (as well as predation by non-native trout). More than 90 percent of the population has disappeared.
Now in a last-ditch effort, scientists are trying something new: build defenses against the fungus through a kind of fungus “vaccine.”
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In a Silicon Valley real estate market crazed by the impending Facebook public offering, this may be worth a second look.
A valley executive says he’ll swap his 11.5-acre estate in Los Gatos for about $29 million worth of pre-IPO Facebook shares.
The owner, Ken Raasch, says the offer is genuine, although he won’t turn down cash.
“We’re serious,” said Raasch, who has lived with his wife, Linda, and four children in the palatial home for the past 15 years.
Tucked away in a parklike setting in the Los Gatos hills, the 10,000-square-foot house was built in 1989 and purchased by the Raasches in 1997.
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