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Surviving the Nuclear Apocalypse, or Just Aging Better

Would you introduce another organism’s genes into your own body in order to age more slowly? What if the genes could reduce radiation damage?

Recently, researchers made a discovery that helps them understand what makes Tardigrades, also known as water bears, so tough (the small aquatic organism can survive drying out and being unshielded in space). 160 more words

Biology

Tardigrade protein helps human DNA withstand radiation

Experiments show that the tardigrade’s resilience can be transferred to cultures of human cells.

Water bears are renowned for their ability to withstand extreme conditions. 473 more words

LIFE SCIENCE

Radiation Proof DNA

I just love it when an article comes along that is just perfect for one of the stories you’re working on. I was looking for a biological mechanism to provide radiation resistance for a population. 21 more words

Writers Musings

Defining the Water Bears: Phylogeny of the Tardigrade

Introduction

The tardigrade, or ‘Tardigrada‘ which translates to ‘the slow stepper’ has established itself amongst scientific literature as one of the most resilient organisms on earth. 907 more words

Biology

To dump a chunk of trunk

The Mammal has deemed that Hox genes and good old-fashioned feel-good evo-devo are a good way to blink back to life*. Also, tardigrades. Tardigrades are awesome. 1,456 more words

Evolution