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Thursday, February 06, 2020

In the eerie environment inside the abandoned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, researchers remotely piloting robots spotted pitch black fungi growing on the walls of the decimated No. 4 nuclear reactor and even apparently breaking down radioactive graphite from the core itself. What's more, the fungi seemed to be growing towards sources of radiation, as if the microbes were attracted to them! Researchers behind the effort hoped that the fungi would produce molecules that could be adapted into drugs that could be given to astronauts to protect them from radiation on long-term missions. Results of the experiment have yet to be published.

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Taking a break from politics for five seconds.... This is a fascinating story.

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The possibilities of this are amazing. Clean up of radiation poisoned zones through fungi is fascinating. The idea that they think harvest a way to "immunize" astronauts from the increased radiation in space by studying it, is mind blowing. I hope they find awesome ways to put this fungus to use.

#1 | Posted by ABH at 2020-02-06 03:45 PM | Reply

Oh the potential!

But what if the fungi likes the taste of human flesh even more ;)

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-02-06 09:20 PM | Reply

In USA people eat fungi on their pizza.

In Russia fungi eat you.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-08 12:00 PM | Reply

So, they do not "eat" radiation. The radiation is not dissipated in their presence.

They are able to exist/thrive in the presence of radiation.

Pretty cool.

#4 | Posted by sawdust at 2020-02-08 08:31 PM | Reply

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