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White Nose Syndrome In Bats Could Yield Clues About AIDS

The millions of bats succumbing to a deadly fungal infection across the country will leave massive ecological holes in their wake--prime predators of insects are disappearing, for one, and cave flora and fauna that depend on bats could be in danger of collapsing. But research on the animals’ immune responses could have one silver lining: helping AIDS patients.

Bat immune systems try to fight off the fungus, and apparently the system goes into overdrive when hibernating bats wake up.

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