Secrets of a Salty Survivor

Patrick Barry, Science @ NASA

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. Potential applications for industry, biotechnology, cancer treatment, and space travel are discussed. A streaming audio link allows users to listen to the story. Links to related web sites are included as well.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Biology:Molecular Biology, Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Microbiology, Astrobiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Audio/Visual:Audio
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Hypersaline