Hijacked cell division helped fuel rise of fungi: Research could point to new antifungals that stop cell growth in fungi but not in their plant or animal hosts

The more than 90,000 known species of fungi may owe their abilities to spread and even cause disease to an ancient virus that hijacked their cell division machinery, researchers report. Over a billion years ago, a viral protein invaded the fungal genome, generating a family of proteins that now play key roles in fungal growth. The research could point to new antifungals that inhibit cell division in fungi but not in their plant or animal hosts.

Source: Hijacked cell division helped fuel rise of fungi: Research could point to new antifungals that stop cell growth in fungi but not in their plant or animal hosts