Washington: Scientists have found that bats with white-nose fungus sometimes suffer in the same way that humans with AIDS do.Carol Meteyer, a scientist for the US Geological Survey, peered through a microscope at hundreds of little bats and started to notice something very weird.The bats had managed to survive the white-nose fungus that had killed millions of other bats hibernating in caves, mostly in the Northeast. But they had succumbed to something else that had left their tiny corpses in tatters, their wings scorched and pocked with holes. While studying these bats Meteyer had stumbled upon a phenomenon never before seen in mammals in the wild. In the struggle to fight off the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, the bats were killed by their own hyperaggressive immune systems.
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