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Johns Hopkins Researcher Discusses New Study in Nature

In an editorial accompanying a paper in the April issue of Nature, Dr. Arturo Casadevall, chair of the department of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, writes that “At a time when researchers are increasingly urged to focus on studies with immediate clinical relevance, it is important to remember that transformative work often begins with model systems.” The paper (“Recognition of DHN-melanin by a C-type lectin receptor is required for immunity to Aspergillus”) reports the identification of a protein that that recognizes a type of melanin produced by the fungus Aspergillus fumigatu. This fungal infection can be lethal in people who have a suppressed immune system, such as those who have undergone transplantation surgery.

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