Joined: Oct 10, 2009
Location: Jackson County, OR (Zone 7)
interesting article, thank you for posting it. mycelium is an attractive host for production of recombinant medical products. It would likely be very efficient and cost-effective to produce for some products.
What I find funny & sad at the same time is the number of "pharmaceuticals" that are available to be had from unaltered mycelium of edible fungi. Companies want to work hard to develop a way to engineer bio-factories when the organism already offers products for the taking. Hard to patent, though... so it is not so attractive for pharmaceutical companies.
"Limitation is the mother of good management", Michael Evanari
Location: Southwestern Oregon (Jackson County), Zone 7
Joined: Apr 03, 2010
Location: Portugal Zone 9 Mediterranean Climate
"Mushrooms might serve as biofactories for the production of various beneficial human drugs, according to plant pathologists who have inserted new genes into mushrooms."
Hmm - that would make them genetically modified, and Paul really isn't happy about discussing GMOs here. I think he'd be happier with us discussing more natural ways to use fungi, and more natural ways to cure and prevent illnesses.