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Tardigrade, the alien DNA

mhtbmDec 12, 2018, 10:39:53 AM
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"Its premises are its windows to the world. Try to clean them from time to time, or the light will not come in." - Isaac Asimov

The Tardigrade, or water bear, is a microscopic organism renowned for its resiliency and rugged good looks.

The was discovered by the German pastor Johann August Ephraim Goeze in 1773.

The most impressive living being in the world.

Measuring somewhere between 0.3 and 0.5 mm in length, these tiny organisms, are famous as the first known animals to actually survive in space. 

And while showcasing ‘affable’ physical characteristics like being short, pudgy and nearly translucent – with four pair of legs.

Thanks to a new study, we now have a fascinating footage of these creatures mating, which the scientists believe is even more bizarre than it appears.

Tardigrade or Water Bear

It can be frozen.

It can be heated.

It can be bombarded with radiation. 

And can be subjected to vacuum.

It’ll just spring back to life when the right conditions arise, or may never even stop.

This is because they have the ability to enter and stay the cryogenic state.

And they lives for about two hundred years.

But, where they come from?

Could our biome have created them?

University of North Carolina researchers have probably identified the most alien-esque feature of the tardigrades, and it entails a chunk of their genome being composed of foreign DNA. 

https://uncnews.unc.edu/2015/11/23/a-huge-chunk-of-a-tardigrades-genome-comes-from-foreign-dna/

https://phys.org/news/2015-11-huge-chunk-tardigrade-genome-foreign.html#nRlv

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-tardigrade-genome-has-been-sequenced-and-it-has-the-most-foreign-dna-of-any-animal

https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/mega-gene-theft-may-explain-why-water-bears-are-so-hardy-0/

The study conducted by the scientists found that the tardigrades acquire around 6,000 foreign genes from a variety organisms, including plants, fungi and bacteria – which constitutes around one-sixth or 17.5 percent of their genome makeup. 

In fact, the research team has further hypothesized that the intrinsic ability of the tardigrades to survive extremes of temperatures could be associated with their incredible capacity to acquire foreign genes. 

I'll list the eight most fantastic things about tardigrades:

1) Extremes of temperatures and pressure;

2) Ability to withstand 1,000 times more radiation than humans;

3)  First known animal to survive in space vacuum;

4) ‘Death-like’ dehydrated stage for surviving without water;

5) If self cryogenic state to return to life when the right conditions appear;

6) Capability to turn into ‘glass’;

7) Far older than dinosaurs, but no less vicious;

^_^) Foreign DNA;

Well, science is proving that the tardigrades possess foreign genes to Earth.

Six thousand foreign genes.

And you know what that means?

I know that you know what it means.

It means the obvious.

But sometimes the obvious thruth looks like impossible.

Unbelievable. 

Inconceivable. 

Unimaginable.

But still the thruth.

Regardless of us ....

Believe it or not.


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Info:

In the link below the biogeeks, they teach how to collect tardigrades.

https://biogeeks.home.blog/2018/12/11/tardigrades-water-bears/

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International Society of Tardigrade Hunters

https://tardigradehunters.weebly.com



Sources:

https://uncnews.unc.edu/2015/11/23/a-huge-chunk-of-a-tardigrades-genome-comes-from-foreign-dna/

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/Goldstein/GoldBl02.pdf

http://tardigrades.bio.unc.edu/protocols/

https://biogeeks.home.blog/2018/12/11/tardigrades-water-bears/

https://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2017/03/tardigrades-use-unique-protein-protect-themselves-desiccation

http://www.hexapolis.com/2016/12/05/video-tardigrades-super-animals-mating/

http://www.hexapolis.com/2016/01/06/7-facts-you-should-know-about-the-tardigrade-natures-super-animal/

https://infogalactic.com/info/Johann_August_Ephraim_Goeze


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