A team of scientists, led by researchers at The University of Nottingham, is studying the secret sex life of a fungus that causes potentially life-threatening infections in an effort to find new ways of controlling the disease.
Aspergillus fumigatus causes respiratory infection in up to 5,000 people per year in the UK alone and is also a major cause of respiratory allergy, implicated in asthma, affecting tens of thousands of people.
The fungus has always been thought to lack the ability to reproduce sexually, but new discoveries by the scientists led by Nottinghams Dr Paul Dyer have shown that the fungus has a number of sexual characteristics, as reported in the current edition of the scientific journal Current Biology.
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