A new candidate for defeating Candida

Australian researchers have developed nanoparticles that could be used to treat a widespread and dangerous fungal infection. Candida albicans is a pathogenic yeast that is common worldwide, and it can be very harmful to people with compromised immune systems. It can form biofilms: microbial colonies which are particularly good at developing antimicrobial resistance. “These are … Continue reading A new candidate for defeating Candida

Squeeze like a fungus

As icky as it sounds, some species of fungus can literally squeeze themselves between plant or animal cells and nestle in the space there. A team led by Norio Takeshita of the University of Tsukuba, Japan, along with collaborators at Nagoya University, Mexico, found key features of the squeeze, showing that the fungi has to … Continue reading Squeeze like a fungus

Pain relief may be found in the mud

A sample of estuarine mud taken 16 years ago has yielded a potential new class of painkiller as potent as opioids, but without their disadvantages. Researchers from The University of Queensland and University of Sydney have filed a patent application for the potential drug, which is a modified version of a molecule found in a … Continue reading Pain relief may be found in the mud