Sunday, August 30, 2009


From here.

Oh, my!


Julie Heyward said...

That you posted this just now is an awesome coincidence. I was just about to post about Deinococcus radiodurans myself. I've had its Wikipedia page bookmarked for a few days.

I ran across it in Bill Bryson's book, A Short History of Nearly Everything. Here is what he wrote:

Deinococcus radiodurans is, according to the Economist, "almost immune to radioactivity." Blast its DNA with radiation, and the pieces immediately reform "like the scuttling limbs of an undead creature in a horror movie."

Perhaps the most extraordinary survivor yet found was that of a Streptococcus bacteria that was recoverd from the sealed lens of a camera that had stood on the Moon for two years.

Dr. C said...

Next think they'll find one on a piece of comet. Maybe all those 50's movies were not so wrong after all.