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“Toxic fungus thrives in bathroom sinks” – a sequence-based examination of Fusarium in homes and buildings

Another “scary microbe that lives in your house/office/car” story.  In this case, the fungi Fusarium which can be pathogenic, particularly for people with immune deficiencies.   To be fair, the authors of the scientific study take pains to point out that “the serious infections caused by fusaria are relatively uncommon and that these fungi may even play positive roles in plumbing systems”.  So the health implications of these results are unclear, but it does show that plumbing systems probably serve as a reservoir for these fungi, particularly because they were found in 80% of the buildings surveyed.

 
Faucet in a bathroom sink

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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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