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largest cell on Earth?

Laurie Davison ldavison at pop.uky.edu
Tue Feb 18 14:07:19 EST 1997


jander at OSPREY.UNF.EDU ("John E. Anderson") wrote:
>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 believe you're referring to the "slime mold", which is a biological 
oddity. It *is* single celled, resembles a giant amoeba, but is 
multi-nucleate. They have potential to be huge, though I don't know the 
largest on record. 
   As to the ostrich egg, I believe the entire thing is a single cell. 

Laurie




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