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Fungi that EATS radiation could be used as a & # 39; sunscreen & # 39; for humans to protect against deadly rays

The fungi that EATS radiation found thrive within the Chernobyl nuclear reactor could be used as a & # 39; sunscreen & # 39; for humans to protect against deadly rays

  • Mushrooms were found sprouting from the abandoned reactor walls flooded with gamma rays
  • Fungi absorb harmful radiation and convert it into potentially useful energy.
  • Scientists believe it could be used as a "sun block" of radiation if it is transformed into a drug

A chain of fungi that is generated inside the Chernobyl nuclear reactor and eats radiation could allow humans to isolate themselves from deadly rays.

In 1991, five years after the disaster that shook Ukraine, black fungi were found that sprouted from the walls of the abandoned reactor that had been flooded with gamma.

Puzzled about how he managed to survive the extreme conditions, the scientists examined the microorganism and were even more excited about their findings.

In addition to not perishing, they discovered that fungi actually grow towards radiation, as attracted to it.

This is due to its large amounts of melanin, the pigment that darkens the skin, and allows fungi to absorb normally harmful rays that are then converted into chemical energy.

Inside the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, where in 1991 a black fungus was found sprouting on the walls in extremely harsh conditions

Inside the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, where in 1991 a black fungus was found sprouting on the walls in extremely harsh conditions

In addition to not perishing, they discovered that fungi, called cryptococcus neoformans, actually grow towards radiation, as attracted to it.

In addition to not perishing, they discovered that fungi, called cryptococcus neoformans, actually grow towards radiation, as attracted to it.

In addition to not perishing, they discovered that fungi, called cryptococcus neoformans, actually grow towards radiation, as attracted to it.

In the same way that plants convert carbon dioxide and chlorophyll into oxygen and glucose through photosynthesis, fungi absorbed deadly rays that allowed it to produce energy.

This process, called radiosynthesis, has captured the attention of scientists because of its potentially revolutionary implications.

Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a NASA research scientist leading the experiments with Cryptococcus neoformans fungi, believes that by extracting its radiation absorption power and manufacturing it in the form of a drug, it could be used as a & # 39; sunscreen & # 39; against toxic rays.

It would allow cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy, nuclear power plant engineers and airline pilots to operate without fear of absorbing a deadly dose of lightning, Venkateswaran thought for Scientific American.

The radiation conversion power of the fungus could also be used to power appliances, and is promoted as a possible biological response to solar panels.

An anonymous researcher who specializes in the field also discussed his prospective role in the development of biotechnology.

They explained in an online forum: & # 39; Fungi that grow there (Chernobyl reactor) are radiotrophic fungi, which are rich in melanin.

Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a NASA research scientist (right) and Professor Clay Wang of the University of Southern California (left) sent samples of the fungi to the International Space Station to see if they mutated even further under increased radiation levels

Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a NASA research scientist (right) and Professor Clay Wang of the University of Southern California (left) sent samples of the fungi to the International Space Station to see if they mutated even further under increased radiation levels.

Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a NASA research scientist (right) and Professor Clay Wang of the University of Southern California (left) sent samples of the fungi to the International Space Station to see if they mutated even further under increased radiation levels

The radiation conversion power of the fungus could also be used to power appliances, and is promoted as a possible biological response to solar panels.

The radiation conversion power of the fungus could also be used to power appliances, and is promoted as a possible biological response to solar panels.

The radiation conversion power of the fungus could also be used to power appliances, and is promoted as a possible biological response to solar panels.

& # 39; Melanin absorbs radiation and converts it into other forms of energy (including electricity).

& # 39; My research is about the use of melanin along with water to convert electromagnetic radiation into electrical energy.

"This technology will probably find its place in biotechnology, since it is not toxic and is biocompatible."

Advances in the use of fungal powers for medicinal purposes were gradual, but have been driven in recent years by an ongoing study in which samples were sent to space.

By cultivating it in the International Space Station, where the radiation level rises compared to that of Earth, Venkateswaran and Professor Clay Wang of the University of Southern California were able to monitor the mutation.

When microorganisms undergo more stressful environments, they release different molecules, which could help to better understand fungi and how they can be used to develop drugs that block radiation for humans.

The results of the experiment have not yet been published, leaving the scientific community waiting with encouragement on the findings that could revolutionize human radiation protection.

WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR DISASTER OF 1986?

On April 26, 1986, a power plant on the outskirts of Pripyat suffered a massive accident in which one of the reactors caught fire and exploded, spreading radioactive material in the vicinity.

More than 160,000 residents of the city and its surroundings had to be evacuated and could not return, leaving the former Soviet site as a radioactive ghost town.

Last year, NASA scientists sent eight species of fungi from the Chernobyl exclusion zone (pictured in red) to the space where they were placed aboard the International Space Station

Last year, NASA scientists sent eight species of fungi from the Chernobyl exclusion zone (pictured in red) to the space where they were placed aboard the International Space Station

A map of the Chernobyl exclusion zone is shown above. The "ghost town" of Pripyat is near the site of the disaster.

The exclusion zone, which covers a substantial area in Ukraine and part of the border with Belarus, will remain in force for generations to come, until radiation levels fall to sufficiently safe levels.

The region is called & # 39; dead zone & # 39; due to the extensive radiation that persists.

However, the proliferation of wildlife in the area contradicts this and many argue that the region must be handed over to animals that have been established in the area, creating a radioactive protected wildlife reserve.

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