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New virus causes devastating sea star wasting disease


November 17, 2014

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Millions of sea stars native to the Pacific coast of North America from Baja, California, to southern Alaska have succumbed to a mysterious wasting disease in which their limbs pull away from their bodies and their organs exude through their skin, a disease researchers say could trigger an unprecedented ecological upheaval under the waves. Now, a researcher at Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has identified the deadly culprit as the Sea Star Associated Densovirus.Full Story

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