Tardigrades turn into glass to survive complete dehydration

Tardigrades, the microscopic animals also known as water bears and moss piglets, have captured the imagination of scientists for almost 250 years, thanks to their Muppet-like appearance and their ability to survive extreme environments that would destroy most other living things. One of these skills is the ability to endure being dried out for up to a decade or longer. In Molecular Cell on March 16, a team of scientists report that this knack for survival is due to a unique set of proteins they dubbed tardigrade-specific intrinsically disordered proteins (TDPs).

Tardigrades use unique protein to protect themselves from desiccation

Tardigrades, the microscopic animals also known as water bears and moss piglets, have captured the imagination of scientists for almost 250 years, thanks to their Muppet-like appearance and ...

Thu 16 Mar 17 from Phys.org

Tardigrades survive extreme dehydration by turning into glass

Just when we thought we'd seen all the tricks waterbears keep up their tiny sleeves, they're back to surprise us again. The post Tardigrades survive extreme dehydration by turning into glass ...

Tue 21 Mar 17 from Extremetech

The amazing water bear defies death even in the vacuum of space by wrapping its cells in glass

This animal keeps on surprising us.

Fri 17 Mar 17 from ZME Science

Unique proteins give water bears extreme drought tolerance

Glassy proteins allow tardigrades to survive being dried out for more than a decade

Fri 17 Mar 17 from Chemistry World

Unique proteins in tardigrades let them dry up

Researchers from the University of North Carolina were interested in understanding how the creatures are able to endure dry conditions for such long periods of time.

Thu 16 Mar 17 from Daily Mail

Water bears can replace all the fluid in their bodies with a glass matrix

Unique protein allows these microscopic animals to dry into husk, then return to life.

Thu 16 Mar 17 from Arstechnica

The Secret of the Crazy-Tough Water Bear, Finally Revealed

Researchers claim to have found a protein that makes the water bear so insanely tough. The post The Secret of the Crazy-Tough Water Bear, Finally Revealed appeared first on WIRED.

Thu 16 Mar 17 from Wired Science

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