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Molds, Mushrooms, and Medicines

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 5:00 PM
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From beneficial yeasts that aid digestion to molds that cause serious infections, we are constantly navigating a world filled with fungi. Join us for a lecture by Nicholas Money, whose new book, Molds, Mushrooms, and Medicines, explores the amazing ways in which our health and well-being are affected by fungi. Drawing on the latest advances in mycology, Dr. Money will discuss what scientists are learning about the human mycobiome, which is formed by a hidden universe of microscopic yeasts and molds that live in our bodies. He will also highlight the importance of fungal medicines, the controversial use of magic mushrooms to treat depression, and our wider dependence on the vital roles fungi play in nature.
Nicholas P. Money is professor of biology at Miami University in Ohio and the author of many books, including The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization, which was featured in the 2018 History Book Festival in Lewes; Mushrooms: A Natural and Cultural History; and Microbiology: A Very Short Introduction.
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These talks are co-organized and moderated by Fred Dylla, Executive Director Emeritus of the American Institute of Physics and author of Scientific Journeys, Linda Dylla, former public information officer at the Jefferson Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, and Colin Norman, the former News Editor at Science.