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Fungus is the next ‘superbug’ to threaten human health

Humans and fungi have always coexisted. In fact, among microbes, fungi are our closest relatives.

When they hear “fungus”, most people think of mushrooms. Or in terms of health: maybe thrush. Benign organisms, living on the peripheries.

And this is fairly accurate — fungi spend their lives quietly decomposing the planet’s organic waste, freeing nutrients into the environment to be utilised by others.

They are also increasingly recognised as an important part of our own internal environment, with the right mix of fungi in a “mycobiome” playing a role in gut and skin health.

But they can also threaten human health, and lately there have been numerous reports focusing on just that.

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Posted on: April 21 2019

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