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Study reveals how nasty fungus grows

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A fungus that has become a major threat to hospital patients may have a hidden weakness, according to research that highlights the bug's ability to bind to human tissue.

Candida albicans is widespread among humans, but normally does not affect health other than as vaginal or oral yeast infections, also called thrush.

But in medical settings, C. albicans is a peril for sick people or individuals whose immune system has been compromised by cancer, HIV or organ transplant.

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