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2008-12-01 10:37:27

Biologists at The University of Nottingham and University College Dublin have announced a major breakthrough in our understanding of the sex life of a microscopic fungus which is a major cause of death in immune deficient patients and also a cause of severe asthma. The discovery of a sexual cycle in the fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus is highly significant in understanding the biology and evolution of the species and will shed new light on its ability to adapt to new environments and...

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2008-10-29 08:20:00

Flooding from Hurricane Katrina caused fungus expert Joan Bennett to believe in so-called toxic mold. The black goo had caused her New Orleans home to smell terrible, and it was then she decided to change her research focus and find out if the fungi that took over most of the flooded homes on the Gulf Coast might make people ill. "The overwhelming obnoxiousness of the odor and of the enveloping air made me start to believe in something that I had never believed in before -- sick building...

2008-10-01 12:00:07

ViraCor Laboratories, a specialty molecular diagnostic reference laboratory that provides same day turnaround for laboratory tests, today announced the launch of a comprehensive mycology, or fungus, testing service that will allow the company to quickly detect potentially deadly fungal infections in patients. Fast diagnosis of fungal infections can significantly improve patient outcomes and prevent the overuse of costly, toxic antifungal therapy. As part of this new testing service,...

2008-09-08 09:00:52

Myconostica, a UK-based medical diagnostic company, has launched a new test to assist medical and scientific professionals identify the two most common causes of fungal pneumonia. The assay, FXG: RESP (Asp +), uses real-time PCR technology to accurately and rapidly identify infections caused by both Aspergillus and Pneumocystis, the company said. According to the company, FXG: RESP (Asp +) can identify Aspergillus and Pneumocystis within four hours, which account for over 95% of cases of...

2008-07-02 09:01:03

AirInSpace, a leading supplier of mobile devices that 'catch and inactivate' harmful and resistant biological particles from the air, announced today that data from a multi-year clinical study shows a significant reduction in aspergillosis infection rates in a standard hospital setting when using the Company's patented PlasmairT2006 mobile unit with HEPA-MD(TM) technology. The data were presented by Ludwig Aho-Glele, M.D., Director of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiologist at...

2008-07-02 09:00:13

A new drug, called lodamin, created from both a fungus that contaminated a lab experiment, and nanotechnology is believed to be effective in fighting a wide range of cancers, according to redOrbit. Aspergillus fumigatus Fresenius, the fungus used in the study was accidentally discovered 20 years ago, by Harvard researcher Donald Ingber. It was experimentally named as TNP-470 and was developed by Mr Ingber and Judah Folkman with the help of Takeda Chemical Industries in Japan in 1990....

2005-10-14 13:55:57

Researchers at The University of Manchester funded by the Fungal Research Trust have discovered millions of fungal spores right under our noses "“ in our pillows. Aspergillus fumigatus, the species most commonly found in the pillows, is most likely to cause disease; and the resulting condition Aspergillosis has become the leading infectious cause of death in leukaemia and bone marrow transplant patients. Fungi also exacerbate asthma in adults. The researchers dissected both feather...

2005-09-22 15:42:26

Researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center have demonstrated that dilute bleach not only kills common household mold, but may also neutralize the mold allergens that cause most mold-related health complaints. The study, published in the September issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, is the first to test the effect on allergic individuals of mold spores treated with common household bleach. "It has long been known that bleach can kill mold. However, dead...

2005-08-09 18:04:18

In the early 1960s more than 100,000 turkeys died in Britain of cancer of the liver. Eventually, researchers identified mouldy peanut flour from Brazil containing large amounts of aflatoxin as the cause of this mysterious 'turkey X' disease. Even today the toxin is regarded as one of the most virulent natural carcinogenic substances. The tasteless toxin is produced by the mould aspergillus flavus. It grows in hot, arid regions, in the south-west of the US and in many regions of Africa and...

2005-07-11 19:10:00

Aspergillus fumigatus is a medically important fungus, causing potentially life-threatening infections in patients with weakened immune systems. It is also a major cause of respiratory allergy, and it is implicated in asthma as well. The fungus has always been thought to lack the ability to reproduce sexually, but new discoveries by a multinational group of scientists indicate that the fungus has a number of characteristics of sex. The possible presence of sex in the species is highly...


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