Lazarus microbe’s secret found

Sometimes you wonder if science fiction isn’t just predicting the future. With Halloween coming up, the ghost and goblin movies are back. Along with zombie movies. So what? Fake stuff right?
Maybe not. In the latest issue of the science journal Nature, there has been a publication by a team in France studying Deinococcus radiodurans. Deinococcus radiodurans is a bacterium that evolved in the desert that basically went down the other end of evolutionary path. Instead of dividing and spreading as quickly as possible, the bacterium evolved into a very robust and hardy cell structure.

The team of scientists have found that after being the cell clinically dies, it can rebuild its genome and come back to life after a few hours.

Here’s how it works: When it initially shatters, Deinococcus’ genome is broken apart into numerous double-stranded DNA fragments. Proteins chew away at the ends of the fragments, creating overhanging single-stranded DNA “tails.” The tails are called “sticky-ends” because they can combine with each other. To work, the sticky-ends have to contain complimentary DNA sequences.

So what’s the big deal? If we find out how the microbe does what it goes, we can do many different things such as assist coma patients back to health by regenerating links that were “dead”. Or similar types of medicine.
Right off though, we at Lux believe that there’s also the slight possibility that if the science goes terribly wrong, then we could actually recreate zombies. Not that we’re experts in the field or anything. But if the worst were to happen, we would have a live Resident Evil type scenario on our hands. Maybe the Japanese would have mecha by then.
Via Livescience