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largest cell on Earth?

Brian Scott brians at interlog.com
Tue Feb 18 17:13:18 EST 1997

In article <3309C4D2.3B8D at osprey.unf.edu>,
John E. Anderson <jander at OSPREY.UNF.EDU> wrote:
>Kevin Shreder wrote:
>> Does anyone know what the largest cell on Earth is?  Is it an ovum, nerve cell or a microbe?
>> Also what species does it belong to?
>Several years ago, there was a news article in Science (maybe Nature)
>about a certain type of cell -- some sort of fungus, I think -- which
>lives underground in the root system of certain trees in north-central
>North America (I think).  This cell, according to the article, spreads
>over a very large area, I mean like several hundred feet!  Sorry I can't
>remember more, and I couldn't find it in Medline (not surprising). 
>Maybe someone else recalls hearing about this.  

I remember seeing that too.  I don't think it was a single cell though, 
but was considered to be a single organism.

>John E. Anderson
>jander at unf.edu

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