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Caffeine shot delivers wakeup call on antifungal drug resistance

Caffeine shot delivers wakeup call on antifungal drug resistance

The management of fungal infections in plants and humans could be transformed by a breakthrough in understanding how fungi develop resistance to drugs. It was previously thought that only mutations in a fungi’s DNA would result in antifungal drug resistance. Current diagnostic techniques rely on sequencing all of a fungi’s DNA to find such mutations. Scientists from the University of Edinburgh have discovered that fungi can develop drug resistance without changes to their DNA — their genetic code.

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