Latest Tardigrade Stories

2014-01-29 20:21:42

UNITY, Maine, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Frankenstein's monster lives! ... or at least something very closely related. A real life approximation of the fabled monster has been taken from the woods of Maine and other locations across the state. This creature being studied at Unity College can lay parched and dormant for years, only to be brought back to life with a single drop of water. Tardigrades are tiny organisms that can thrive in some of the most hostile...

2011-05-18 07:15:00

A microscopic organism called a tardigrade became the first animal to survive exposure to space when, in 2007, it was launched aboard the European Space Agency's (ESA) Foton-M3 mission, in an experiment to test their ability to survive in the oxygen-deprived space vacuum, reports BBC News. The little critter prevailed over the sub-zero temperatures and unrelenting solar winds as well as the lack of oxygen. Tardigrades are more commonly known by their non-scientific name, the water bear....

2009-04-30 12:00:00

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.Their studies in Rhesus monkey eggs, which are very similar to human eggs, show that a two-step process of easing into and out of the drugs needed to help protect eggs at subzero temperatures dramatically reduces the amount eggs contract and expand in the process.These...

2008-09-09 08:55:00

Of all environments, space must be the most hostile: It is freezing cold, close to absolute zero, there is a vacuum, so no oxygen, and the amount of lethal radiation from stars is very high. This is why humans need to be carefully protected when they enter this environment. New research by Ingemar Jönsson and colleagues published in the September 9 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press journal, shows that some animals "” the so-called tardigrades or 'water-bears' "” are able...

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