Extremotolerant tardigrade genome and improved radiotolerance of human cultured cells by tardigrade-unique protein

@inproceedings{Hashimoto2016ExtremotolerantTG,
  title={Extremotolerant tardigrade genome and improved radiotolerance of human cultured cells by tardigrade-unique protein},
  author={Takuma Hashimoto and Daiki D. Horikawa and Yuki Saito and Hirokazu Kuwahara and Hiroko Kozuka-Hata and Tadasu Shin-I and Yohei Minakuchi and Kazuko Ohishi and Ayuko Motoyama and Tomoyuki Aizu and Atsushi Enomoto and Koyuki Kondo and Sae Tanaka and Yuichiro Hara and Shigeyuki Koshikawa and Hiroshi Sagara and Toru Miura and Shin-Ichi Yokobori and Kiyoshi Miyagawa and Yutaka Suzuki and Takeo Kubo and Masaaki Oyama and Yuji Kohara and Asao Fujiyama and Kazuharu Arakawa and Toshiaki Katayama and Atsushi Toyoda and Takekazu Kunieda},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2016}
}
Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are small aquatic animals. Some tardigrade species tolerate almost complete dehydration and exhibit extraordinary tolerance to various physical extremes in the dehydrated state. Here we determine a high-quality genome sequence of Ramazzottius varieornatus, one of the most stress-tolerant tardigrade species. Precise gene repertoire analyses reveal the presence of a small proportion (1.2% or less) of putative foreign genes, loss of gene pathways that… CONTINUE READING

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