- Candida albicans is an opportunistic pathogenic yeast.
- It normally lives on human skin and inside the body, such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina, without causing problems.
- However, under immuno-compromised conditions such as AIDS or during cancer treatment., it becomes a life-threatening systemic infection.
Interesting Facts about Candida albicans
- It is a common member of the human gut flora, but can also survive outside the human body.
- It is detected in the gastrointestinal tract and mouth in 40–60% of healthy adults.
Why in news?
- A newly identified gene,CSA6, found in Candida albicans can hold the key to preventing the fungal infection Candidiasis.