Toxic Enigma: How Poison Frogs Safely Store Lethal Toxins Unharming Themselves

Toxic Enigma: How Poison Frogs Safely Store Lethal Toxins Unharming Themselves

According to a study published today in eLife, scientists have identified the protein responsible for enabling poison dart frogs to safely accumulate their toxic alkaloid compounds. This discovery solves a longstanding scientific puzzle and may offer potential therapeutic avenues for treating humans poisoned with similar molecules. Alkaloid compounds, such as caffeine, which contribute to the…

Echoes of the Past: Illustrating the Vanished Frogs of Brazil

Echoes of the Past: Illustrating the Vanished Frogs of Brazil

Cal Poly Humboldt Biological Sciences Professor Pedro Peloso is spearheading an ambitious endeavor to resurrect the untold stories of vanished frogs, salamanders, and caecilians, shedding light on the plight of nearly 200 at-risk amphibian species. The initiative, known as Documenting Threatened Species (DoTS), is dedicated to researching, documenting, and safeguarding endangered amphibians in Brazil. This…

Nature’s Shield: Budgett’s Frog Protein Identified for Enzyme Inhibition Against Pathogens, Study Shows

Nature’s Shield: Budgett’s Frog Protein Identified for Enzyme Inhibition Against Pathogens, Study Shows

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science’s molecular biophysics unit have conducted a study that highlights the potential of peptides derived from Budgett’s frog in combating enzymes produced by disease-causing pathogens. Peptides, which are short proteins, extracted from the skin secretions of amphibians have been of interest due to their ability to counter adverse environmental…

Ribbiting Controversy: France’s Culinary Delight Raises Eyebrows Before Christmas

Ribbiting Controversy: France’s Culinary Delight Raises Eyebrows Before Christmas

The consumption of frog legs, a traditional French delicacy, has sparked controversy and concern among activist groups. These groups have launched a social media campaign to raise awareness about the potential negative impacts of frog leg consumption, including threats to biodiversity, animal cruelty, and unsanitary transportation conditions. The activists point out that approximately 100 million…

Ribbiting Education: How UC’s Frog Research Boosts STEM Engagement in Cincinnati Schools

Ribbiting Education: How UC’s Frog Research Boosts STEM Engagement in Cincinnati Schools

Lucinda Lawson, a biologist at the University of Cincinnati, has developed an innovative approach to engaging children in science education by combining trading cards and frogs. Through a science grant funded by the National Science Foundation, Lawson has created an outreach program that aims to promote interest and participation in science, technology, engineering, and math…

The Enigma of Amphibians: Giant Tadpole to Mini Frog – The Paradoxical Nature

The Enigma of Amphibians: Giant Tadpole to Mini Frog – The Paradoxical Nature

The paradoxical frog, also known as the shrinking frog (Pseudis paradoxa), is an extraordinary species found in Northern South America and Trinidad. What makes this frog particularly fascinating is its unusual characteristic of shrinking in size as it progresses from the larval stage to adulthood. In fact, the tadpole of the paradoxical frog is notably…

Tiny Wonders: Indonesia Unveils World’s Smallest “Fanged” Frogs

Tiny Wonders: Indonesia Unveils World’s Smallest “Fanged” Frogs

A recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE has unveiled the discovery of a new species of fanged frog, which is notably the smallest of its kind ever found. The research, led by Jeff Frederick, a postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum in Chicago, revealed this tiny frog on the rugged, mountainous island of…