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You will never look at lichen the same way after this

Posted: Jul 28 2016 10:10 am
by Al_HikesAZ
Long article but well worth the read. How a kid from a Montana trailer park and some laundry detergent from Wal-Mart overturned 150 years of settled science. Lichen are much more complicated than science had imagined. And we might discover new medical treatments from this research. Isn't science and discovery wonderful?
http://www.theatlantic...
Many of the fundamentals of lichenology will need to be checked, and perhaps re-written. “Toby took huge risks for many years,” says McCutcheon. “And he changed the field.”

Re: You will never look at lichen the same way after this

Posted: Jul 28 2016 10:37 am
by sidhayes
Quite interesting. Of course, there is no such thing as settled science

Re: You will never look at lichen the same way after this

Posted: Jul 28 2016 11:48 am
by big_load
This is a very interesting story. I think the article could have taken a better angle by portraying this work as unlocking important and previously unsuspected aspects of lichens which shows how the previous understanding was incomplete. Showing it to be incomplete is an important distinction from "overthrowing" it as the article's first paragraph states.

Re: You will never look at lichen the same way after this

Posted: Jul 29 2016 4:31 am
by azbackpackr
You could liken it to a moss...

Re: You will never look at lichen the same way after this

Posted: Jul 29 2016 6:56 am
by CannondaleKid
@azbackpackr Or...
If you like, you could liken lichen to moss. ;)

Re: You will never look at lichen the same way after this

Posted: Jul 29 2016 6:57 pm
by azbackpackr
@CannondaleKid
I like that!