Mold Fever: How a Bizarre Life Form Penetrated Popular Consciousness and Launched a Creeping Hysteria

Molds are everywhere, lately: in our homes, newspapers, and courtrooms, and on our minds. In the past few years, mold has gone from a blip on the radar of public consciousness to a major force in home inspections, insurance, litigation, and testing. Never before have people been so concerned over a group of creatures that–undeniably–have been there all along. This thesis–written as a four-part newspaper series–details the mold hysteria phenomenon, the biology of indoor molds, the science of indoor mold and health, and the profit-making frenzy that capitalized on mold fever.



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