‘Water bear’ brought back to life 30 years after freezing in Antarctica in world first
A ‘water bear’ has been brought back to life in a breakthrough experiment by scientists which is believed to be the first ever successful revival after 30 years
By Kurt Robson
- 12:07, 17 JUN 2021
Japanese scientists at the National Institute of Polar Research have successfully brought a frozen animal back to life.
Scientists at Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research successfully revived a ‘Tardigrade’ which they collected from Antarctica.
The Tardigrade had been frozen for 30 years.
Tardigrades, more widely known as ‘water bears’ are tiny creatures, usually around 0.5mm in length.
A tardigrade can go years without food or water and can endure extreme radiation and temperatures.
The creatures feed on plant cells and algae.
The longest revival of a tardigrade was previously nine years, this breakthrough is the first-ever successful revival after 30 years.
Re-posted from UK Daily Star – https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/water-bear-brought-back-life-24339525