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.