Where Did That Come From? Solving A Pandemic Mystery

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In 2009, physicians in Tokyo identified a novel organism in the ear discharge of a 70-year-old patient. Genetic analysis revealed that the organism was a fungus of the genus Candida. In most healthy adults, Candida albicans exists within the microbiome that calls our mouth and gastrointestinal tract home. So long as this home remains undisrupted, C. albicans does little to disrupt us. This yeast…