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Candida's Unstable Chromosomes & Unorthodox Sex

Dean Dawson, Associate Member of the Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, has authored a post on Small Things Considered which explores Candida's chromosomal instability and unorthodox reproduction process.

"Who hasn't heard of Candida? It’s one of the most common fungal pathogens of humans. It is also a commensal organism, living mainly in people’s gastrointestinal tract. The diseases it causes range from a fairly mild vaginitis to deadly opportunistic systemic infections. In fact, Candida species are a major cause of nosocomial bloodstream infections. Candidas are close relatives of the baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, but live by very different rules."

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