House finches with pink eye reveal the secrets of disease virulenceMost pathogens have a natural incentive not to make their hosts too sick, too fast, lest they kill off the organism they’re living within before they can replicate and spread – or at least that’s the conventional wisdom among epidemiologists.
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An international research group led by Cornell University has found that plastic trash – ubiquitous throughout the world’s oceans – intensifies disease for coral, adding to reef peril, according to a new study in the journal Science.“Plastic debris acts like a marine motor home for microbes,” said the study’s lead author, Joleah Lamb, a postdoctoral research fellow at Cornell. A member of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and Nature Conservancy NatureNet fellow. Follow this link to the full story in the Cornell Chronicle.