RESOURCES: Fungus Among Us

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Science  05 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5540, pp. 19
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5540.19c

Deceptively beautiful, blue-stained Cryptococcus yeast cells can ravage the nervous system and are particularly hazardous to AIDS patients. From athlete's foot to valley fever, fungal diseases and conditions are the specialty of Doctor Fungus, a site founded by an M.D. and a Ph.D. and aimed mainly at medicos.

Brief accounts run down symptoms, epidemiology, lab tests, and treatments for more than 20 kinds of fungal infestations and also provide links to PubMed and references. Another section of the still-growing site offers protocols for collection and identification of specimens and screening for drug susceptibility. Basic researchers may find useful the detailed descriptions of genera, the glossary, or the image bank, which is packed with photos of fungal troublemakers and the physical damage they wreak on people.

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