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Carnivorous Mice Spread Deadly Plague in Prairie Dog Towns, Stanford Study Finds
August 3, 2010
Prairie dogs, once abundant in North America, have been decimated in recent decades by plague. Stanford researchers may have solved the mystery of how the deadly disease is spread.
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