Finding possible treatments and antiseptics "opens up other testing that needs to be done," Chaturvedi said. "If you want to do conservation, possibly this is a route. We don't know the outcome, but this does give an option."
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Treatments can backfire, too: Drugs used a few years ago to try to help frogs being decimated by a fungal disease in many parts of the world turned out to harm tadpoles, Chaturvedi said.