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  Re: [Aroid-l] OT: Fungi that eat ionizing radiation?
From: Steve Marak <samarak at gizmoworks.com> on 2007.05.24 at 21:17:11(15707)
It sounded odd enough to me that I spent about 2 hours I didn't really have
digging around on the net to see what I could see. A quick Google search showed
the story turning up on news sites (MSNBC, National Geographic, Scientific
American, etc.), with different quotes from the researchers. The AECOM site
showed most of the authors listed as on faculty, several of them doing research
into melanin-containing fungi, there seemed to be no commonality between the
PLoS ONE web presence and that of AECOM, and I found references to other papers
(not on PLoS ONE) discussing fungi found in or around Chernobyl ...

My conclusion was that if it was a hoax, it was so elaborate and well thought
out that I was not going to uncover it. Not that that proves anything one way
or the other.

The paper did note that most fungi, whether they contain melanin or not, can
tolerate doses of 1.7x10**4 Grays, which if I remember my old engineering
courses correctly is thousands of times the median lethal dose for humans. I
have no idea what the flux around or in Chernobyl is.


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