X-Message-Number: 23135
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 07:43:46 -0800
From: James Swayze <>
Subject: Toadfish Help in Muscular Disease Fight


Toadfish Help in Muscular Disease Fight

By MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. - The love song of the lonely toadfish is giving 
scientists new insight on fighting human muscular diseases.

Blessed with a face that only a mother could love, some males of a type 
of toadfish called the plainfin midshipman work hard for a date, hiding 
under rocks in shallow waters and humming to attract egg-laying females.

The toadfish, which can be found in the North Pacific from California 
all the way to Alaska, makes the humming sound by vibrating a set of 
sonic muscles on its air bladder 6,000 times a minute for more than an 
hour at a time, an amazing combination of speed and endurance. The human 
heart, by contrast, beats about 60-80 times a minute.[cont.]
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I just found this quite interesting. It makes me wonder how they 
happened upon this.


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