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Charlotte Barker |
How do birds transmit potentially fatal fungal infections to humans without being infected themselves? A new study reveals that the fungus can survive in a bird’s gastrointestinal tract, but its efforts to spread outside the gut are thwarted by specialized macrophages (labeled red, with bird neutrophils labeled green). The research is part of an international effort to fight cryptococcosis, which poses serious risks to those with compromised immune systems.
Credit: University of Sheffield