Cystic Fibrosis Fungi Found At Chernobyl-Rich in Melanin

When is Fungi not a mushroom when it Cystic Fibrosis

Ukrainian lab researching Fungi Wangiella dermatitidis said: “we hope to develop applications that could protect patients undergoing cancer therapy from side effects of radiation or protect astronaut flight crews exposed to high levels of cosmic radiation, as well as develop a way to convert radiation into usable energy forms,” said Dadachova.”


MELANIN Converts Energy

Melanin’s ability to convert energy from ionizing radiation into usable chemical energy.

Melanin, extracted from fungi and plants or produced chemically, can also be used as a radioprotector for cancer patients, military personnel, and astronauts (a project currently funded by the Canadian Space Agency), as well as for shielding sensitive equipment from radiation.

Below is the paper to the study, explaining the scientific name for for the fungi found

The Paper

Exophiala (wangiella) dermatitidis

Exophiala dermatitidis (Wangiella dermatitidis) is an etiologic agent of subcutaneous, ocular, systemic, and cerebral forms of phaeohyphomycosis.The neurotropic nature of the organism is associated with high mortality.19 Respiratory tract colonization is common in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients in Europe and has been recently reviewed.20Strains isolated from cases of invasive disease and from CF patients have been shown to be genetically similar, suggesting that host factors or mode of exposure are important determinants of the form of disease caused by this organism.

Science Direct

This is how the paper was reported:

Scientist Growing Cystic Fibrosis Fungi:

Black fungi withstand extreme stresses partly due to the presence of melanin. Melanin is associated with structural integrity and resistance to chemical and radiation stress. This results in improved health and fitness, specifically in extreme conditions.


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