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Attack of the Clones

Science  10 Aug 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6095, pp. 636-638
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6095.636

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Fungi have become a greater global threat to crops, forests, and wild animals than ever before. They have killed countless amphibians, pushing some species to extinction, and they're threatening the food supply for billions of people. A Nature paper, published in April to great interest, says the world isn't fully aware of the dangers and should invest more in countermeasures. Scientists around the world have sent in articles describing other fungal diseases that could have bolstered the paper. Among the wide variety of species under attack are crabs, corals, corn, and the Cavendish banana—and new fungal diseases are discovered every year. In June, Elsevier presented a new journal called Medical Mycology Case Reports, completely devoted to "unusual medical or veterinary fungal infections."