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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, November 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 (98th percentile)

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8 news outlets
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2 blogs

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

Paul M Cryan, Carol Uphoff 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

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 358 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 15 4%
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 330 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 89 25%
Student > Bachelor 79 22%
Researcher 57 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 35 10%
Other 24 7%
Other 49 14%
Unknown 25 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 205 57%
Environmental Science 50 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 18 5%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 16 4%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 3%
Other 27 8%
Unknown 32 9%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 69. 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 31 July 2021.
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#404,523
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#101
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#1,605
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