Caffeine shot delivers wake-up call on antifungal drug resistance

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 11:30 in Biology & Nature

The management of fungal infections in plants and humans could be transformed by a breakthrough in understanding how fungi develop resistance to drugs. It was previously thought that only mutations in a fungi's DNA would result in antifungal drug resistance. Current diagnostic techniques rely on sequencing all of a fungi's DNA to find such mutations. Scientists have now discovered that fungi can develop drug resistance without changes to their DNA -- their genetic code.

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