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March 16, 20113comments
Posted by Sekar
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What is actually Medical Mycology is it is kind of a new term to me?
Medical Mycology is a branch of Microbiology deals with fungal infections and their treatment.
Eg. Dermatophytosis - Fungal infection of skin, hair, and nail caused by Dermatophytes.
Why is it when one performs sequencing or some other form of biological identification of a fungus, that the fungus identifies as some sort of "teleomorph"? For example, if I'm growing up a yeast that I suspect is Cryptococcus neoformans, and I sequence it to be sure, why is it that the sequence becomes homologous to "Filobasidiella neoformans"? I will then search Filobasidiella neoformans, and all searches will tell me that Filobasidiella IS Cryptococcus. Why are there multiple names for the same thing? Another example: Arthroderma benhamiae and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. Blastomyces dermatitidis and Ajellomyces dermatitidis. Any help would be appreciated.
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