Saturday, February 13, 2010


This is the place where all odd, interesting, and unique biological happenings are discussed. The questions come from you, my readers, and my ever wondering students.

Today's question: What did "Treeman" have growing all over him?

This Indonesian man had an immune deficiency that allowed a wart producing virus (HPV) to grow and cover much of his body. At the time of surgery, doctors removed about 6 kilograms of warts! Yes, they began to grow back and he will need repeated surgeries to ensure functioning of his hands and feet.

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