Latest Tardigrade Stories
UNITY, Maine, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Frankenstein's monster lives! ... or at least something very closely related.
On Mondayâ€™s final launch of the NASA shuttle Endeavour, the tardigrade once again got a ride into space on a new mission: to help scientists understand more about how this extremely hardy organism can survive for short periods in outer space.
Cryoprotectants needed to preserve eggs for reproduction need to be given in stages, albeit rapid ones, say scientists who have developed a mathematical model that predicts optimal time for loading and unloading these drugs.
New research by Ingemar JÃ¶nsson and colleagues published in the September 9 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press journal, shows that some animals â€” the so-called tardigrades or 'water-bears' â€” are able to do away with space suits and can survive exposure to open-space vacuum, cold and radiation.