Survival secret of ‘earth’s hardiest animal’ revealed.

Researchers have discovered a genetic survival secret of Earth’s “hardiest animal”. A gene that scientists identified in these strange, aquatic creatures – called tardigrades – helps them survive boiling, freezing and radiation. In future, it could be used to protect human cells, the researchers say. It was already known that tardigrades, also known as water bears, were able to survive by shrivelling up into desiccated balls. But the University of Tokyo-led team found a protein that protects its DNA – wrapping around it like a blanket.

The scientists, who published their findings in the journal Nature Communications, went on to grow human cells that produced that same protein, and found that it protected those cells too.

read the full article.. www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37384466


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