Pesticides Mess with Immunity: Double whammy promotes frog deformities

2:00pm, July 10, 2002

Agricultural pollutants may conspire with parasites to derail frog development in many regions of North America, according to a new study.

Malformed frogs–with bent spines and extra or missing hind limbs–have been documented since the 1700s. However, since 1994, when Minnesota school children found deformities in many of the frogs they caught, unusually large numbers of malformed frogs have turned up from California to eastern Canada.

Scientists have fiercely debated possible causes, with ultraviolet light, chemicals, and parasites being top contenders

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