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Cockroaches and radiation

  1. Feb 8, 2004 #1

    wolram

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    i don't know anything about biology and i apologies if
    this question has been asked befor.
    but can someone please explain how cockroaches resist
    radiation, and if there are other creatures with the
    same ability?
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    They have existed for nearly 250 million years ago, and have withstood everything that mother-nature and the galactic forces could throw at them, and are extremely resistant to radiation. And you thought that aerosol spray might kill cockroaches.
     
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    Wow, that is a really good article, definately worth reading Written by May Berenbaum, professor and head of the Department of Entomology, University of Illinois; published in American Entomologist 47(3).

    WHOA! That is interesting.. I wonder how much research is currently being done on this bacterium, how in the world is it able to protect itself from such radiation?? Does it produce molecules that fish away the dangerous radiation - prevention of damage - or does it have very comprehensive mechanisms to repair the damage? This might give good insight for the development of sunscreen products of cancer therapy..
     
  5. Feb 8, 2004 #4

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    an interesting and somewhat humorous paper, so the cockroach
    is not the most resistant organism to radiation, a bacterium
    that lives in elephant p** is, deinococcus radiourans,"what a
    name", is able to withstand 1.5M rads, that is amazing, so
    any survivors of a N war will be flies or slime yuk.
     
  6. Feb 8, 2004 #5

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    Deinococcus radiodurans
    "strange berry that withstands radiation"

    coccus (berry) is the name given to spherial bacteria.

    Not such a strange name if you ask me
     
  7. Feb 8, 2004 #6

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    this organism is something from sci fi, able to regenerate
    its structure every few micro seconds?
    is there no limit to "life"?
     
  8. Feb 8, 2004 #7

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    I think the point of the old saying about cockroaches and nuclear bombs is that they're pretty well protected under your fridge.
     
  9. Feb 8, 2004 #8
    ...In your walls, behind your stove, in the cabinets, in the ground, in my brother's room... yup, those roaches are happy just about everywhere. Cheap army housing!!!
     
  10. Feb 9, 2004 #9
    Sunscreen??? Hell, give me the 1,000 x 1,000 protection. Now that could be interesting.

    Nautica
     
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