PerspectiveMicrobiology

Candida's Arranged Marriage

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Science  14 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5477, pp. 256-257
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5477.256

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Biologists who study the fungus Candida albicans have always assumed that this organism reproduces asexually because they have not found evidence of mating, meiosis, or a haploid stage of the life cycle. However, as Gow et al. explain in a Perspective, sequencing of the C. albicans genome has revealed the existence of a possible mating type locus. This finding has now been extended to demonstrate actual mating in the fungus ( Hull et al., Magee and Magee).

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