Leprosy & Hansen’s Disease: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Leprosy or Hansen’s disease is a chronic, infectious disease that mainly affects the skin, mucous membranes, and nerves.  A rod shaped bacillus named Mycobacterium leprea, causes the virus.  Mycobacterium leprea is very similar to the bacillus that causes tuberculosis.  The reason Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s disease, is because it was first identified in…

Bioluminescence in Fungi: History & Mechanism

What is Bioluminescence? The current paper main focus is on bioluminescent Fungi but the basic features of bioluminescence discussed are common to all bioluminescent organisms. Bioluminescence is simply light created by living organisms. Probably the most commonly known example of bioluminescence by North Americans is the firefly, which lights its abdomen during its mating season…