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From this source, it states that:

Living spores have been found and collected in every level of earth’s atmosphere. Mushroom spores are electron-dense and can survive in the vacuum of space. Additionally, their outer layer is actually metallic and of a purple hue, which naturally allows the spore to deflect ultraviolet light. And as if all this wasn’t unique enough, the outer shell of the spore is the hardest organic compound to exist in nature.

With regards to a mushroom spore's electron density, having an outer metallic / purple layer, and the hardness of its outer shell, have these things been confirmed in biological experiments?

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  • $\begingroup$ Were there any references associated with these claims? Where have you looked to see whether there is any credible support for these statements? $\endgroup$ – tyersome Jul 13 at 3:50
  • $\begingroup$ @tyersome No, there were no references in that article, I also heard similar claims in a podcast that predates that article. I have looked into general websites regarding mushroom spores (don't have access to peer-reviewed biology publications), and they don't seem to have any information with regards to the composition and quality of mushroom spores. $\endgroup$ – plu Jul 13 at 3:58
  • $\begingroup$ Please don't cross post to multiple SE sites. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Jul 13 at 5:17
  • $\begingroup$ This post is not substantially different from the other one. See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/64068/… - answers to both of these questions are going to touch on the same sorts of source, if the source even exists. Generally "is there support for this claim I found on the internet" questions are not acceptable here, either, without some additional research on your part. $\endgroup$ – Bryan Krause Jul 15 at 20:07

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