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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:38 PM
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Frog froth to treat wounds
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 09:41 PM by Crunchy Frog
Robin McKie, science editor
Sunday August 20, 2006
The Observer


The Tungara frog of Trinidad is an amphibian of unusual habits. When females lay eggs in ponds, their mates build huge balls of froth around them. These act as nests that protect their delicate, developing offspring. But those froth balls are proving to be very special.
Scientists have found that they contain a new type of detergent, as well as anti-microbial agents. Researchers are trying to isolate and develop this chemical to make new drugs and medicines.

'This material is amazing,' said Professor Malcolm Kennedy, of Glasgow University's biology department. 'You could imagine using this stuff as an emergency spray on soldiers injured by shell blasts or on burns victims. It could provide immediate protection for the wound and stop infections spreading.

'These frogs lay their eggs in stinking pools bursting with microbes. Yet none of their eggs gets infected, thanks to the froth that the frogs create. This not only prevents microbial growth, but holds its structure for many days. It is astonishing stuff.'

The adult Tungara frog, Physalaemus pustulosus, is found across much of South and Central America, as well as in the Caribbean. After the female lays eggs in pools of rainwater and secretes a fluid containing a special detergent-like chemical, the male fertilises the eggs and then creates the froth by kicking the liquid vigorously with its hind legs.



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ruiner4u Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:41 PM
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1. Are these frogs dew picked from Iraq?
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:48 PM
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2. We use only the finest baby frogs,
dew picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope and lovingly frosted with glucose.
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ruiner4u Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:59 PM
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3. thank you.. that made my night.. :) n/t
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ruiner4u Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:01 PM
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4. dont you take the bones out?
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 05:53 AM
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5. If we took the bones out, it wouldn't be crunchy would it?
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-26-06 09:20 PM
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6. Frog froth: one medium-sized frog, 2 C milk, 1 egg, 1 Tb sugar, blend on 'high'
Edited on Thu Oct-26-06 09:21 PM by eppur_se_muova
:9 :9

(optionally: 1 tsp vanilla extract)
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