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Fungus Deadly to AIDS Patients Found to Grow on Trees

Posted on August 23rd, 2014 at 23:39 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees.

The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples from areas around Los Angeles hardest hit by infections of the fungus named Cryptococcus gattii (CRIP-to-cock-us GAT-ee-eye).

Cryptococcus, which encompasses a number of species including C. gattii, causes life-threatening infections of the lungs and brain and is responsible for one third of all AIDS-related deaths.

If a 13-year old can make basic discoveries like this…. we have plenty of things we still need to learn..

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