Facts and fiction about long-term survival in tardigrades

@inproceedings{Jnsson2001FactsAF,
  title={Facts and fiction about long-term survival in tardigrades},
  author={K. Ingemar J{\"o}nsson and Roberto Bertolani},
  year={2001}
}
Tardigrades have achieved a widespread reputation for an ability to survive more than a century in an inactive, ametabolic state called cryptobiosis. However, a closer look at the empirical evidence provides little support for the claim that tardigrades are capable of century-long survival. Instead, current evidence suggests that a decade may more realistically represent the upper limit of cryptobiotic survival in the most resistant tardigrades. 

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