Period5 Nov 2015

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  • TitleMelbourne boffins fight fatal fungus
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletHerald Sun
    Media typePrint
    DescriptionA deadly hospital fungus previously thought to be drug resistant has been found to have a

    weak spot in one of its genes, Melbourne researchers have discovered.

    Monash University scientists, Dr Ana Traven and Dr Traude Beilharz, found that by turning

    off a gene in the fungus, Candida albicans, the protective glue-like outer coating which

    prevents hospital antibiotics from killing it can be broken down.

    “The majority of deadly Candida infections are initiated by biofilms, layers of cells, which

    form on medical implants,” Dr Traven said.

    “If people have intravenous catheters, artificial heart valves, prosthetic devices, Candida can

    colonise the device and form these biofilm structures which can then get into the blood

    stream and infect other organs.”
    PersonsAna Traven, Traude Beilharz