Virus Named Top Suspect in Mysterious Deaths of Millions of Starfish

November 17, 2014 10:05 PM

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Scientists may have fingered the culprit responsible for a mysterious epidemic that has killed millions of starfish from Baja California to Alaska.

The disease began hitting starfish populations in 2013, causing some to form lesions, lose their limbs and even exude their internal organs from their skin. "Their disappearance is an experiment in ecological upheaval the likes of which we’ve never seen," Ian Hewson, a professor of microbiology at C...

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