SCIENTISTS SOLVE MYSTERY OF WEST COAST STARFISH PLAGUE

Scientists solved the plague that was killing starfish all over the Pacific ocean! And they found a cure! So thanks to them, millions of starfish will live. “They said it’s a virus that’s different from all other known viruses infecting marine organisms. They’ve dubbed it ‘sea star associated densovirus.'” To find the culprit, they took samples of healthy and sick starfish and looked at them under a microscope then looked at the differences and found the one.

 

sick starfish

 

When researchers tried to figure out where the virus may have come from, they learned that West Coast starfish have been living with the virus for decades. They detected the densovirus in preserved starfish specimens from as far back as the 1940s.” 

So the problem is solved. Here is the link to the website and related links.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/scientists-solve-mystery-of-west-coast-starfish-deaths/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/alaska-safe-sea-stars/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/mysterious-epidemic-devastates-starfish-population-pacific-coast/

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