Virus linked to beak deformities in Alaska birds

Researchers are hoping they’ve found what’s causing some bird species’ beaks to grow twice as fast as normal. The disease is called avian keratin disorder. Affected birds grow beaks that are freakishly long and that sometimes curve up or down (Oct. 25).

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