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First Cases of
Detected in Louisiana
Jan 19, 2022 1:58 PM CST
First Cases of Superbug Fungus Detected in Louisiana
'I equate it to the tip of the iceberg,' doctor says of Candida auris find
- A hospital in New Orleans says it has identified two patients infected with a rare, drug-resistant fungus—the first time it's been found in Louisiana.
has already been found in Washington, DC, and at least 20 other states including Georgia, Florida, and Texas, according to the Centers...
2 US Cities
Jul 23, 2021 7:25 AM CDT
Superbug Fungus Spreading in 2 US Cities
CDC says drug-resistant 'Candida auris' is moving from person to person in Dallas and DC
- US health officials said Thursday they now have evidence of an untreatable fungus spreading in two hospitals and a nursing home, per the AP . The "superbug" outbreaks were reported in a Washington, DC, nursing home and at two Dallas-area hospitals, the CDC reported. A handful of the patients had...
This Fungus Kills Off Coffee.
Scientists Just Woke It Up
in case you missed it
Jun 6, 2021 7:55 AM CDT
This Fungus Kills Off Coffee. Scientists Just Woke It Up
Researchers wanted to see how Fusarium xylarioides functions to prevent future outbreaks
- Enjoy a steaming mug of Arabica or robusta in the morning? Give a high-five, then, to the scientists that have "reanimated" a fungus that kills off those varieties of coffee trees. It may sound counterintuitive, but researchers from Imperial College London have done just that, resurrecting cryogenically frozen samples...
Fungus Takes Over
May 22, 2021 2:00 PM CDT
Fungus Takes Over Cicada Brains, Replaces Genitals
Massospora uses amphetamine to turn infected insects 'hypersexual'
- Some luckless cicadas are emerging from 17 years underground intent on mating, only to have their brains hijacked and their genitals replaced by a fungus that infects them just before they surface. The
fungus replaces the lower part of the cicada's body with a "white plug of...
Cancer: a 'Fungal Invasion'
Oct 4, 2019 9:54 AM CDT
Driving Pancreatic Cancer: a 'Fungal Invasion'
Scientists say fungi move from gut to pancreas, significantly increase in number, spur tumor growth
- An organ once deemed "sterile" may actually be teeming with fungi, and certain varieties there may be promoting cancer. New research in the journal
notes that even though it's already known bacteria is able to move from the gut to the pancreas, it wasn't clear whether...
Deadliest Pathogen in History
Is Taking a Toll on Frogs
Mar 29, 2019 11:36 AM CDT
Deadliest Pathogen in History Is Taking a Toll on Frogs
Fungus has wiped out 90 species of amphibians and caused decline in 500 more
- Biologist Wendy Palen says "it now earns the moniker of the most deadly pathogen known to science." She's referring to an amphibian fungus responsible for wiping out at least 90 species in recent decades, reports the
New York Times
. It's called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis or Bd, and...
By This New Measure,
Plants Rule the Earth
May 22, 2018 9:40 AM CDT
By This New Measure, Plants Rule the Earth
They outweigh all other life on the planet, by a mile
- A first-of-its-kind study reveals that humans make up a minuscule portion of life on the planet. As in 0.01%, reports the
. The flip side of that? Despite the scant figure, humans have reshaped the animal kingdom, helping wipe out about 83% of mammals and half of all plants...
They Flew Across the World
on a Failed Quest for a Banana
Dec 25, 2017 8:29 AM CST
They Flew Across the World on a Failed Quest for a Banana
Inside the search for the Cavendish banana's successor
- The Cavendish banana—that's the kind sitting in your kitchen right now—is "almost perfect," a scientist with Dole Food Co. tells the
Wall Street Journal
. Well, "laments," is the word the paper uses. That's because, as has been reported for the past couple...
Feared US Outbreak of Fatal
Fungus Confirmed: CDC
Mar 10, 2017 1:29 PM CST
Feared US Outbreak of Fatal Fungus Confirmed: CDC
35 cases so far of 'Candida auris' yeast infection, which is drug-resistant
- The CDC warned American hospitals last year to keep an eye out for the emergence of a possibly fatal, drug-resistant yeast infection, and now the agency's fears may be realized. CDC officials tell the
that 35 patients in the US have been stricken with
The Dark Underworld
Feb 10, 2017 2:59 PM CST
The Dark Underworld of Competitive 'Shroom-Hunting
Often-obsessive hobby can result in fatalities from poisoning, falls—even murder
- What drives someone to head deep into the woods and spend hours foraging for fungi? Writing for Eater , the appropriately-named Joshua Hunt examines the seemingly obsessive quest for some of the world's rarest mushrooms. There's
, or "
," for instance, which just one living person...
NY Factory Turns
Fungus Into Furniture
Nov 14, 2016 12:05 AM CST
NY Factory Turns Fungus Into Furniture
They're making footstools from toadstools
- The sturdy stools and spongy cushions made at an upstate New York factory are formed with fungus. Ecovative Design is a business staking its growth on mycelium, the thread-like "roots" of mushrooms, the AP reports. The mycelium grows around small pieces of stalks and stems to create a material...
Truffle Oil Is a
'Remarkably Successful Con'
Sep 11, 2016 8:36 AM CDT
Truffle Oil Is a 'Remarkably Successful Con'
Truffles are known for their scarcity, but not even trace amounts appear in truffle oil
- For years, truffle oil has promised to bring consumers the hard-to-find truffle with convenience and a longer shelf life. Problem is, truffles are neither long-lasting nor convenient—which is part of what makes them so exciting and expensive, reports Priceonomics . Well, it turns out the oil, often marked as "...
Can Be Deadly
Jun 30, 2016 9:31 AM CDT
Emerging Drug-Resistant Yeast Infection Can Be Deadly
So far there appears to have been 1 infection in US, but CDC warns hospitals to be on lookout
- There's a new drug-resistant infection on the rise, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alerting hospitals nationwide to be on the lookout for
a difficult-to-identify yeast infection that can prove fatal to those it infects. Though only one case has been spotted in the...
One of Our
Dec 1, 2015 7:21 AM CST
One of Our Favorite Fruits Looks Doomed
A lethal fungus jumped continents in 2013 and is on a global rampage
- If you like bananas, it's time to start savoring them while you still can. A deadly fungus that's been killing the plant since the 1960s has jumped continents, moving from where it ravaged crops for decades in Southeast Asia to parts of South Asia, Australia, the Middle East,...
How a 'Brainless'
Your Wine Distinct
Sep 25, 2015 10:20 AM CDT
How a 'Brainless' Organism Makes Your Wine Distinct
Different yeast strains from different soils change a wine's chemical profile
- Winemakers have long understood that things like the soil in which grapes are grown can affect the flavor of the grapes and, ultimately the wine. Now scientists have proof that a microbial component of "terroir"—wine lingo for the individual regional conditions—has an impact, too. Reporting in...
Sep 18, 2015 6:02 AM CDT
Migrants' New Peril: Death Caps
Some may be mistaking the poisonous mushrooms for similar, edible varieties
- As if the thousands of migrants streaming into Europe haven't already encountered enough roadblocks, another peril looms: poisonous mushrooms known as death caps (Amanita phalloides). They resemble a number of varieties one can safely eat, and those who mistakenly forage for them can experience fatal liver and kidney damage...
What the Dust
in Your House
Says About You
Aug 27, 2015 7:20 AM CDT
What the Dust in Your House Says About You
Our dust contains, on average, 9K unique species of microbes
- Last year, volunteers mailed in dust samples taken from above interior and exterior door frames in 1,200 homes across the US as part of a citizen science project called Wild Life of Our Homes . Now, scientists are reporting in the journal
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Jul 31, 2015 4:04 PM CDT
Worried Scientists: Stop Salamander Imports Now
Fast-spreading fungus could be devastating
- US scientists have been keeping a worried eye on a fast-spreading fungus overseas that proves devastating to salamanders, and yesterday in
they issued a plea to the federal government: Stop the imports of salamanders immediately. The stakes are about much more than pet store sales, explains LiveScience : North America...
Did Dinosaurs Hallucinate After Chewing Grass?
Feb 11, 2015 9:15 AM CST
Did Dinosaurs Hallucinate After Chewing Grass?
Oldest grass specimen ever found was topped with fungus linked to LSD
- If you're glad you weren't on the planet in the days when Stegosaurus was whipping its spiked tail around in agitation, imagine the dino stumbling around with its eyes ablaze on the prehistoric equivalent of an acid trip, courtesy of newly discovered fungus-tipped grass. A perfectly preserved, 100-million-year-old...
May Be in Trouble
Oct 31, 2014 9:40 AM CDT
Our Salamanders May Be in Trouble
Scientists cite Asian fungus, lack of biosecurity
- When a fungus that has coexisted with amphibians in Asia for 30 million years recently found its way to the Netherlands, only 10 fire salamanders managed to escape death there. The fungus eats the skin, and that tends to prove fatal because amphibians perform much of their respiration through their...
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