General Collection of Resources on Microbial Life Exposed to High Levels of Radiation



Meteorite ALH84001
The picture above is of a potential fossilized microbe in the meteorite ALH84001.

Featured Resources


  • Radiation-Resistant Microbe Found in Chilean Desert:The Genome News Network (GNN) reports a new species of Deinococcus bacteria has been discovered in the Atacama Desert in Chile.(more info)

  • Secrets of a Salty Survivor:This Science at NASA article reports the ability of the halophilic bacteria Halobacterium to survive lethal doses of radiation, extreme dryness, and the vacuum of space.(more info)

  • Life in extreme environments:This Nature review article provides a detailed description of bacterial prevalence in extreme environments.(more info)

  • Other Radiation Collections



    General Collection: Resources such as news articles, web sites, and reference pages provide a comprehensive array of information about radiation tolerant microbes.




    For Educators: This collection includes activities, assignments, and reading materials created specifically for educators.





    Additional Resources


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