CD Eating Fungus?

From: Marvin <>
Date: Mon Jun 18 19:45:27 2001

A friend of mine sent this to me, but I don't know if it is valid or a hoax.


Victor Cardenes, of Spain's leading scientific research body, stumbled
the microscopic creature two years ago, while visiting Belize. Friends
complained that in the hot and sticky Central American climate, a CD had
stopped working and had developed an odd discoloration that left parts of it
virtually transparent.
Dr Cardenes and colleagues at the Superior Council for Scientific Research
Madrid discovered a fungus was steadily eating through the supposedly
indestructible disc. The fungus had burrowed into the CD from the outer
then devoured the thin aluminium layer and some of the data-storing
polycarbonate resin.
Dr Cardenes said: "It completely destroys the aluminium. It leaves nothing
behind." Biologists at the council had never seen this fungus, but concluded
that it belonged to a common genus called geotrichum.
Philips, the Dutch electronics company that invented the compact disc, said
it believed the Belize case was probably a freak incident caused by extreme
weather conditions.
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