The Spooky Science of How Undead Spores Reanimate

The Spooky Science of How Undead Spores Reanimate

Here’s a spooky conundrum: Is a spore alive or dead? Gürol Süel, a biologist at the University of California, San Diego, wouldn’t blame you if you voted for dead: “There’s nothing to detect: no heartbeat, no gene expression. There’s nothing going on,” he says. But a spore might actually just be dormant—in a deep state …

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