The Final Frontier not so final for tardigrades

Previously on Project Tardis, our intrepid tardigrades were being launched in space, there to experience the Ultimate Challenge of hard vacuum.

Today, I am delighted to report that (some) of the noble tardigrades have survived! Researchers report that:

Back on Earth, tardigrades that had basked in cosmic radiation revived and reproduced at rates comparable to an unexposed control group. Those dosed with solar radiation were less likely to wake — but that even a few survived, wrote Rettberg’s team in findings published today in Current Biology, was remarkable.

Though the TARDIS blog remains defunct, those who want more delicious tardigrade knowledge can check out the peer-reviewed paper in Current Biology.

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