Fungal spores could 'hijack' human immune cells to spread infection
Scientists have announced a major breakthrough in their understanding of how the fungus Aspergillus terreus -- the cause of serious illness in humans -- can move around the body, rather than remaining in the lungs as with similar fungal infections. Ref. Source 3c.
This is a terrifying reminder that while we may be the top of the food chain, there are still things fighting us for that position. A fungus that thrives in our acidic white blood cells, and then runs around infecting the rest of our body. Makes me want to wear a mask whenever in public. Hopefully studying these organisms can help us better protect ourselves and prosper in the future.
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Revealing Aspergillus diversity for industrial applications
The sequencing the genomes of 10 novel Aspergillus species, which were compared with the eight other sequenced Aspergillus species, has now been announced by researchers. With this first ever genus-wide view, the international consortium found that Aspergillus has a greater genomic and functional diversity than previously understood, broadening the range of potential applications for the fungi considered one of the most important workhorses in the biotechnology. Ref. Source 8r.
All in the family: Focused genomic comparisons. Aspergillus fungi are pathogens, decomposers, and important sources of biotechnologically-important enzymes. Scientists now report the first outcome from the large-scale sequencing of 300+ Aspergillus species. These findings are a proof of concept of novel methods to functionally annotate genomes to more quickly identify genes of interest. Source 9t.