Last week, bats treated with a bacteria that cured their deadly white-nose syndrome were released back into the wild in Hannibal, Missouri. More research is under way on this new treatment, which researchers hope could make a difference in the battle against white-nose syndrome, which now is found in 26 U.S. states, 5 Canadian provinces, and parts of Europe.
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After he successfully used the bacteria Rhodococcus to delay fruit ripening, Chris Cornelison, a microbiologist and postdoctoral research associate at Georgia State University, contacted the U.S. Forest Service about using the same bacteria to treat white-nose syndrome in bats. The early results in bats are promising.
Click here to read more about scientists are using this bacteria to save the bats: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150527-bats-white-nose-syndrome-treatment-conservation-animals-science/
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EDITOR: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF Chris Cornison and Georgia State University
Special Bacteria Helps Heal Sick Bats | National Geographic