Frog Chemist Creates a Deadlier Poison

A poisonous frog takes up a toxin from its food and makes the chemical even more potent.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM September 8, 2003

Talk about playing with your food.

 

Scientists have discovered a poisonous frog that takes up a toxin from its food and makes the chemical even deadlier. It's the first example of a frog using chemistry to make a poison for its own defense stronger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 4-centimeter-long green poison dart frog, <span class=normal>Dendrobates auratus</span>, can increase the power of a particular toxin that it picks up from its food.

 

This 4-centimeter-long green poison dart frog, Dendrobates auratus, can increase the power of a particular toxin that it picks up from its food.

 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, National Aquarium in Baltimore

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