You would never think so but a particularly resistant strain of bacteria may be the key to improved vaccines. The extremophile bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans has evolved to thrive in many extreme environments. Now, it may be the key to making better and cheaper vaccines, according to Gizmodo. The bacteria is quite unique in its traits: it is almost immune to radiation. It can withstand up to 5,000 grays (Gy) of radiation, toxic and corrosive chemicals, and also desert heats and subzero temperatures. The bacteria has been found occupying coolant water tanks of nuclear reactors.
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There are many ways to teach people about radiation. But if you want to make that lesson accessible, compelling and even moving, then this film is the way to do it. Let’s go on a journey. A journey to learn about radiation exposure from fallout after a nuclear power plant accident. We have the perfect guide. It is the independent French radiation research laboratory known as CRIIRAD, and its director, Dr. Bruno Chareyron. The organization’s full name in French is Commission de Recherche et d’Information Indépendantes sur la RADioactivité, hence the acronym. In English it is translated as Commission for Independent Research and Information about RADiation. For those not familiar with CRIIRAD, our journey begins with a little history, and so does CRIIRAD’s brilliant new 45-minute film — Invisible Fallout (Invisibles retombées is the French title), which can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube and below. The film, written and produced by CRIIRAD staff and directed by Cris Ubermann, is in French and Japanese with English subtitles.
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