The indestructible tardigrade

“Water bears” or tardigrades are the most resilient animals ever. Slight hyperbole, but really not that far off.

They are able to withstand extreme radiation, temperature changes and even the vacuum of space.

So it’s no surprise that people were fascinated by the tardigrade genome, and how they manage to survive no matter what.

In a new study in nature communications shows the unique arsenal of strategies to cope with stressful conditions that tardigrades may face.

Read about it over at Gizmodo!

Or enjoy this quote:

“Tardigrades are strangely adorable microscopic creatures that are capable of withstanding some of the worst that nature can throw at them.”


A (tardigrade) face that only a mother could love. (Credit: Takekazu Kunieda)