Ionizing Radiation Changes the Electronic Properties of Melanin and Enhances the Growth of Melanized Fungi

@article{Dadachova2007IonizingRC,
  title={Ionizing Radiation Changes the Electronic Properties of Melanin and Enhances the Growth of Melanized Fungi},
  author={Ekaterina A Dadachova and Ruth A. Bryan and Xianchun Huang and Tiffany Moadel and Andrew Schweitzer and Philip Aisen and Joshua D Nosanchuk and Arturo Casadevall},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2007},
  volume={2},
  pages={49 - 56}
}
BACKGROUND Melanin pigments are ubiquitous in nature. Melanized microorganisms are often the dominating species in certain extreme environments, such as soils contaminated with radionuclides, suggesting that the presence of melanin is beneficial in their life cycle. We hypothesized that ionizing radiation could change the electronic properties of melanin and might enhance the growth of melanized microorganisms. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Ionizing irradiation changed the electron spin… CONTINUE READING
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