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Wing pathology of white-nose syndrome in bats suggests life-threatening disruption of physiology

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Biology, January 2010
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (97th percentile)

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2 blogs

Citations

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Title
Wing pathology of white-nose syndrome in bats suggests life-threatening disruption of physiology
Published in
BMC Biology, January 2010
DOI 10.1186/1741-7007-8-135
Pubmed ID
Authors

Paul M Cryan, Carol Meteyer, Justin G Boyles, David S Blehert

Abstract

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is causing unprecedented declines in several species of North American bats. The characteristic lesions of WNS are caused by the fungus Geomyces destructans, which erodes and replaces the living skin of bats while they hibernate. It is unknown how this infection kills the bats. We review here the unique physiological importance of wings to hibernating bats in relation to the damage caused by G. destructans and propose that mortality is caused by catastrophic disruption of wing-dependent physiological functions. Mechanisms of disease associated with G. destructans seem specific to hibernating bats and are most analogous to disease caused by chytrid fungus in amphibians.

Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 16 5%
Portugal 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Costa Rica 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
Romania 1 <1%
Other 3 1%
Unknown 271 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 78 26%
Student > Bachelor 69 23%
Researcher 51 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 27 9%
Other 20 7%
Other 41 14%
Unknown 14 5%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 188 63%
Environmental Science 44 15%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 13 4%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 10 3%
Medicine and Dentistry 9 3%
Other 18 6%
Unknown 18 6%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 43. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 February 2018.
All research outputs
#348,167
of 12,554,200 outputs
Outputs from BMC Biology
#91
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Outputs of similar age
#2,053
of 89,505 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Biology
#1
of 4 outputs
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