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Altered gene expression by Candida albicans in space

Sometimes blogging on microBEnet feels a bit like a MadLib.   There are certain recurring themes that fit the model well.

For example:

__________ (microbe) was recently found to do _______________ (cool thing)… IN SPAAAAACE!  This has implications for future manned spaceflight missions.

So here we go for today:

The fungal pathogen Candida albicans was recently found to significantly alter it’s gene expression when exposed to microgravity… IN SPAAAACE!  This has implications for future manned spaceflight missions.

(actually I do think this work is really cool)

By  Kira O'Day via Wikimedia Commons
By Kira O’Day via Wikimedia Commons.
Images of round white-phase and elongated opaque-phase Candida albicans cells. (Differential interference contrast microscopy images, pseudocolored.)
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David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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