Posted by: Lister | June 4, 2007

Fun Guys at Chernobyl

HT to Doug’s Darkworld:

There has been an exciting new biological discovery inside the tomb of the Chernobyl reactor. Like out of some B-grade sci fi movie, a robot sent into the reactor discovered a thick coat of black slime growing on the walls.

[…] The fungi appear to use melanin, a chemical found in human skin as well, in the same fashion as plants use chlorophyll. That is to say, the melanin molecule gets struck by a gamma ray and its chemistry is altered. This is an amazing discovery, no one had even suspected that something like this was possible.

Here’s a reference to some experiments: Ionizing Radiation Changes the Electronic Properties of Melanin and Enhances the Growth of Melanized Fungi (PubMedCentral). (Courtesy of Dymanic at JREF forums)

Conclusions/Significance
Exposure of melanin to ionizing radiation, and possibly other forms of electromagnetic radiation, changes its electronic properties. Melanized fungal cells manifested increased growth relative to non-melanized cells after exposure to ionizing radiation, raising intriguing questions about a potential role for melanin in energy capture and utilization.

I haven’t read the rest. I’m not a biologist.

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  1. really confusing !


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