Bob Dylan was hospitalized on May 25, 1997 seriously ill with histoplasmosis, a potential life threatening fungal infection that causes swelling of the sac surrounding the heart. Histoplasmosis is caused by the fungus histoplasma capsulatum. Dylan was treated with antibiotics, and his condition was not considered life threatening. Doctors said his condition was made more severe by a delay in diagnosis
One of our judges Bob Devereux has been creative:
The Fungi Song - Science Class Heroes (Biology Project)
Take a look at The Fungi Song - a great piece of music and video composed by Sean Meier all about fungi .
And if that inspires you read about the fungi that play music - from Vaclav Halek who has composed over 2000 melodies inspired by edible fungi.
Some fungi grow as molds, while others exist in two forms, or dimorphic---either as molds or budding yeast. Fungi can cause pneumonia in healthy people who travel to endemic areas in the United States or Central America; they can also cause rapidly fatal pneumonia in immunocompromised patients recovering from chemotherapy, or HIV-infected patients with advanced disease.