Cryptobiosis--a peculiar state of biological organization.

  title={Cryptobiosis--a peculiar state of biological organization.},
  author={James Clegg},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & molecular biology},
  volume={128 4},
  • James Clegg
  • Published 2001 in
    Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part B…
David Keilin (Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B, 150, 1959, 149-191) coined the term 'cryptobiosis' (hidden life) and defined it as 'the state of an organism when it shows no visible signs of life and when its metabolic activity becomes hardly measurable, or comes reversibly to a standstill.' I consider selected aspects of the 300 year history of research on this unusual state of biological organization. Cryptobiosis is peculiar in the sense that organisms capable of achieving it exhibit characteristics… CONTINUE READING

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