Great news from New Zealand on the discovery of an eye ointment that removes chytrid fungus from otherwise doomed amphibians. It looks like chloramphenicol, an antibiotic ointment for human eyes, will be added to the medicine cabinets wherever Amphibian Ark places a captive breeding program. The word “cure” was used in some news reports about this ointment, but you can’t cure them and you can’t save them unless you have them in a biosecure facility, which is what the Ark will coordinate. Also read one story that mentioned Amphibian Ark will cost $400 million. The price is actually $50-$60 million — or less than twice what Saw 4 sold in tickets last weekend.  Very achievable, considering that 2008 will be The Year of The Frog.

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