Title Melbourne boffins fight fatal fungus Degree of recognition Regional Media name/outlet Herald Sun Media type Country Australia Date 5/11/15 Description A 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.”
URL https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/melbourne-boffins-fight-fatal-fungus/news-story/f66d319822f32151e5ec260d54abd098 Persons Ana Traven, Traude Beilharz