Editor’s Selections: New fungus from bikini bottom, and then there came fungus, and anti-cancer fungiJune 24th, 2011 Editor's Selections 10 Comments
Vincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He unravels viruses at virology blog.
- What is round, bright orange, full of holes and resembles a sponge? A newly-discovered fungus called SpongeBob SquarePants, or Spongiforma squarepantsii. It is a terrestrial fungus that lives in rainforests on Borneo.
- Recently a series of tornados ravaged the city of Joplin, Missouri. Over 150 people were killed and thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed. Now another problem has surfaced: fungal infections.
- Polysaccharopeptides recovered from some species of fungi have anti-tumor activity because they up-regulate the immune system. Polysaccharopeptides activate phagocytes, natural killer T-cells, and CD4+ T cells.
I’ll be back next Friday with more selections.