|These bacteria could survive on another planet.
In an Earth lab, Deinococcus radiodurans (D. rad) survive extreme levels of
dehydration, and exposure to
Amazingly, they even have the ability to repair their own
usually with 48 hours.
Known as an extremophile,
bacteria such as
D. rad are of interest to
partly because they might be adaptable to help human
survive on other worlds.
map of D. rad's
might allow biologists to augment their
survival skills with the ability to produce medicine, clean water, and oxygen.
Already they have been
genetically engineered to
help clean up spills of toxic
Likely one of the oldest surviving life forms,
D. rad was discovered by accident in the 1950s when scientists investigating
techniques could not easily kill it.
Deinococcus radiodurans grow quietly
in a dish.
(Uniformed Services University
of the Health Sciences),