Scientists Discover Gene Linked to Yeast Infections

A new study published in the journal Science reports that Candida albicans, a fungus that causes yeast infections and other ailments, depends heavily on a gene called INT1. This gene helps Candida cells attach to the gastrointestinal tract, multiply, and spread throughout the body and may constitute a workable target for treatment.

Past studies have indicated that eighty-percent of us acquire Candida albicans cells within the first month of life. The cells don’t usually cause serious infection unless the immune system is weakened, but instead leads to common ailments like diaper rash, thrush, or yeast infections in adults.


AP - February 26, 1998

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