Virus may be the culprit in a disease that’s wiping out starfish

November 19, 2014 7:56 PM

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Virus may be the culprit in a disease that’s wiping out starfish

Sea Star Wasting Disease turns its victims into a paste.

Since the summer of 2013, echinoderms along the Pacific Coast of North America have suffered from a mass die-off. Starting in the Pacific Northwest and moving down the coast, 20 different species of sea stars (commonly termed starfish) have suffered from symptoms that start with lesions and swelling...

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