Developing new omics-based diagnostic tools to better manage yeast infections in humans

25 septiembre 2015

Yeasts are unicellular microorganisms classified within the Fungi kingdom. They are well known for their use in baking, winemaking and beer brewing fermentation, but some species of yeast are opportunistic pathogens that can cause infections in humans. Yeast infections are poorly understood, difficult to diagnose, and are becoming increasingly frequent and serious, affecting over 300 million people worldwide, investigators say, adding that fungal infections kill as many people as Malaria does every year. New research is looking to resolve this problem.