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    So I am recently doing some research on this recent mass spread amphibian extinctions:

    (Global warming boosts fungal epidemic in frogs - life - 11 January 2006 - New Scientist)

    Apparently a fungus infects their Keratinized Skin. People have Karatin in their body as well, no? Why aren't we as vulnerable as the various amphibians?


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    Most fungi cannot tolerate high temperatures, and are pretty much limited to less than 30C. Human and other mammalian body temperatures are too high. That is why human fungal diseases tend to be in cooler parts of the body, like athletes foot and so on.

    Frogs are ideal candidates for infection, being cold blooded, and generally moist and cool.


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    It has been suggested that the reason we are warm blooded is to protect us from fungal infection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    It has been suggested that the reason we are warm blooded is to protect us from fungal infection.
    I've never thought of that before. Interesting.
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