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University of Utah

A Finch in the Galapagos

Caption: A male medium ground finch sits on a tree branch in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. A new University of Utah study shows that when these birds are exposed to two alien parasites -- the pox virus and nest fly -- their immune systems are activated, raising hope they can defeat the parasites and avoid extinction.

Credit: Jen Koop, University of Utah.

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