Mushroom that grows on insects could help treat cancer and viruses

Scientists suggest cordycepin, a chemical in the cordyceps fungus, might be employed in cancer and antiviral medications.

Cordycepin, an antimetabolite, may halt cancer cells from spreading.

Crickets, silkworm pupae, mealworms, grasshoppers, white-spotted flower chafer grubs, and Japanese rhinoceros beetles fed the mushrooms.

South Korean snackers mealworms and silkworm pupae grew the mushrooms best.

The mushrooms that reached the greatest heights did not, however, provide the greatest quantities of cordycepin.

Mushrooms cultivated on Japanese rhinoceros beetles were smaller but generated 34 times more cordycepin than silkworm pupae, which produced the least.

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