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Researchers unlock the secrets of fungal viruses: why it matters

By Brenda Wingfield, Previous Vice President of the Academy of Science of South Africa and DSI-NRF SARChI chair in Fungal Genomics, Professor in Genetics, University of Pretoria, University of Pretoria
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In the past year the world has been overwhelmed with rapidly emerging, important and fascinating information regarding SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The pace of learning has been astounding, not just for the general public but for virus experts.

There are millions of viruses out there, including many that don’t directly infect animals or humans. Some are better understood than others. Among the least studied are viruses that infect fungi. But it’s becoming increasingly important to address this gap: fungal viruses can cause tremendous…

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