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Tag Archives: Mycology
The distance between commensalism and pathogenesis in fungi is surprisingly small. Continue reading
A couple of recent articles about fungal infection. Continue reading
The ability of pathogenic microorganisms to assimilate nutrients from their host environment is one of the most fundamental aspects of infection. Continue reading
Pneumocystis is an unusual fungus that is an opportunistic pathogen, causing an asymptomatic or mild infection in the normal host but pneumonia (PcP) in immunocompromised hosts. Untreated, the mortality rate from PcP approaches 100%. Even with treatment, mortality rates approach … Continue reading
Invasive fungal infections are devastating. Despite state-of-the-art antifungal therapy, the mortality rates for invasive infections with the three most common species of human fungal pathogens are Candida albicans, 20%–40%; Aspergillus fumigatus, 50%–90%; and Cryptococcus neoformans, 20%–70%. Although invasive fungal infections … Continue reading
MicrobiologyBytes likes a good hypothesis – one that really makes you think, even if there’s not much actual data to support it. So here’s one for you: fungi ate the reptiles? “Here are two indisputable facts: we are living in … Continue reading
The fungi are angry. First it was the frogs, then it was the bats. Are humans next? Fungal Disease and the Developing Story of Bat White-nose Syndrome. (2012) PLoS Pathog 8(7): e1002779. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002779 Two recently emerged cutaneous fungal diseases … Continue reading