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Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.

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Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.

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Frogs Fight Back From Fungal Attack

By Ruth Williams | March 29, 2018

A decade after chytridiomycosis killed scores of amphibians in Panama, some species are recovering. New research indicates why.  

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image: Study: UV Light Destroys Bat-Killing Fungus

Study: UV Light Destroys Bat-Killing Fungus

By Katarina Zimmer | January 5, 2018

White nose syndrome has killed millions of bats throughout North America since it was discovered on the continent. 

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image: Cataloging Fungal Life in Antarctic Seas

Cataloging Fungal Life in Antarctic Seas

By Ignacio Amigo | December 1, 2017

Brazilian researchers report a relatively large diversity of fungi in marine ecosystems surrounding Antarctica, but warn that climate change could bring unpleasant surprises.

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Image of the Day: Super Spores 

By The Scientist Staff | September 28, 2017

The deadly fungus Cryptococcus deuterogattii harbors a genetic tweak that propels its mutation rate and allows it to rapidly develop antifungal resistance.

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Image of the Day: Everybody Vomits

By The Scientist Staff | August 31, 2017

In a process known as vomocytosis, macrophages swallow pathogens whole only to spew them back out later, unharmed.

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Image of the Day: Fungal Fireworks

By The Scientist Staff | June 26, 2017

The fungus Aspergillus fumigatus begins to grow biofilms as it develops into a larger intertwined network.

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Image of the Day: Fungal Forms

By The Scientist Staff | April 20, 2017

By sequencing and analyzing the genomes of more than 20 species of Penicillium fungi, researches uncovered genes encoding for numerous bioactive compounds, including antibiotics.

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The pathogenic fungus that has decimated populations of bats throughout the eastern United States has surfaced in the state for the first time, although none of the bats appear diseased.

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