Year of selection 2009
Institution INSERM - Genetics and Development Institute
Some organisms are extremely good at fighting oxidative stress, which is the main cause of aging. One is Deinococcus radiodurans, a tough bacterium that shows an impressive resistance when exposed to stressful events such as radiation and extreme dryness. By testing its antioxidant properties, Dr. Dea Slade is trying to understand its secret defense strategy. Her results may be of considerable help in uncovering the fundamental processes of cellular aging, with a potential impact on medicine and public health."
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