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DEAR DR. WATER BEAR

Meet the creature that can survive in outer space

From The World Weekly:
New research has now emerged showing that water bears have a novel way of preserving themselves through droughts, using a unique protein known as tardigrade-specific intrinsically disordered proteins (TDPs). When wet, TDPs are a jelly-like substance, but in drought conditions water bears curl up

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Questions about Tardigrades from the Higgins Family

The Higgins family e-mailed us to ask some questions about Tardigrades. Alex Young, a recent graduate at Lewis & Clark College who discovered a new species of tardigrade in 2014, provided some answers to these thoughtful questions.
Below are the questions submitted by the Higgins family and the

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Interview with Dr. Lowman on Discovery News about Tardigrades

From Discovery News, Dr. Meg Lowman talks about the amazing creatures known as Tardigrades. These “water bears” can survive in extreme weather, breed in space, and it was recently discovered that they contain foreign DNA.

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Tardigradia – The Wild Little World

Incredible animated video featuring a tardigrade:

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Williams College student is excited about NSF REU summer program

Anna writes:
I’m a rising junior at Williams College, in Massachusetts, where I’m majoring in Math and Chemistry. I love studying plants and am fascinated by the symbiotic relationships between the flora and fauna that surround us. Through this summer experience, I look forward to

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Dear Dr. Water Bear – Pronunciation

Kennedy writes:
Hi Dr. Water Bear!
Our puppet company, PuppeTyranny, is about to produce a full length play called “Water Bears in Space” all about…you guessed it, tardigrades and tardigradologists! I was hoping you could assure me that we are pronouncing all our water bear words correctly!

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Dear Dr. Water Bear – Cryptobiosis

Question from Chuck & Ginny:
Could you please explain cryptobiosis?
Also, compared to a copepod, how big are Water Bears?
Answer from Dr. Water Bear:
Cryptobiosis is the process in which water bears can survive pretty much anything.
They basically expel all the water from their bodies and tuck in all their

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Dear Dr. Water Bear

Dear Dr. Water Bear answers your questions about Water Bears (Tardigrades). Send your questions to:
dr.water.bear@treefoundation.org
Questions and answers will be posted to the Dear Dr. Water Bear category of the TREE Foundation blog.

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