Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Ready for CAE p 152. Just Add Water. Extra Listening
Rotifers are tiny animals that survive against all the odds. They are also known for not having had sex for 80 million years.
We follow Dr Alan Tunnacliffe, award-winning Cambridge researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology, as he tests their super-powers by draining 90% of the water in their microscopic bodies, heats them to boiling point and freezes them in liquid nitrogen.
Still they thrive! Well discover how these extraordinary animals are able to survive under conditions deadly to most life and what this teaches us about how life might travel through space and potentially how it could have arrived on Earth.