Can DNA collected from pond water help save frogs?

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Amphibians are experiencing a global extinction event. Nearly 200 species are thought to be extinct, and two-thirds of amphibian species are threatened with extinction. The Chytrid fungus has received a lot of attention, while the deadly ranavirus has been overlooked. We will develop a way to determine if a ranavirus outbreak has occurred by detecting how much DNA from the virus is in wetlands (this DNA is called environmental, or eDNA).

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