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August 9, 2006

Deadly Yeast Infections

U of M researchers have discovered how a prevalent fungal pathogen, a yeast known as Candida albicans, that causes 10,000 deaths per year in the United States overcomes the effects of antifungal drugs by duplicating a section of one of its chromosomes. Judith Berman, a professor of genetics, cell biology and development who led the researchers, says the work sets the stage for the development of new and better drugs.

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