Pathogenic Fungus Candida albicans Image 2
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Pathogenic Fungus Candida albicans (Image 2)

June 29, 2010
Pathogenic Fungus Candida albicans (Image 2) The pathogenic fungus Candida albicans, grown on a solid agar medium obtained with a light microscope. Some cells have assumed a small, round form, while others are long, filamentous hyphal cells. The ability to shift forms is thought to be crucial for invasion of--and survival within--the different tissues that Candida infects. Quinn Mitrovich, a postdoctoral scientist at the University of California, San Francisco, is studying what allows Candida to enter the bloodstream and bodily environs with the hope of discovering ways to block these molecular events and halt raging Candida infections. To learn more about this research, see the UCSF Today story, Learning Cut-and-Paste Rules to Fight a Deadly Fungus. (Date of Image: Aug. 14, 2006) [One of three related images. See Next Image.]

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