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Research Article

Diploids in the Cryptococcus neoformans Serotype A Population Homozygous for the α Mating Type Originate via Unisexual Mating

  • Xiaorong Lin,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

    Current address: Department of Biology, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America

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  • Sweta Patel,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Anastasia P. Litvintseva,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Anna Floyd,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Thomas G. Mitchell,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Joseph Heitman mail

    heitm001@duke.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Published: January 30, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1000283

About the Authors

Xiaorong Lin, Sweta Patel, Anastasia P. Litvintseva, Anna Floyd, Thomas G. Mitchell, Joseph Heitman
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: heitm001@duke.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: XL APL JH. Performed the experiments: XL SP APL AF. Analyzed the data: XL APL JH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: XL JH. Wrote the paper: XL. Supervised Ana Litvintseva: TGM.