They're cute. They're squishy. They're resilient. Whether you call them water bears or moss piglets, you probably know two things about the microscopic animals scientists call tardigrades: they're adorable and they can survive anything.
Freezing cold? No problem. Deadly chemicals? No problem. Extreme radiation? No problem. These guys are tough. They've even posted up on the moon.
Scientists have known for a long time that tardigrades can survive in extreme environments, but they're just beginning to figure out how they do it. In a paper published in the journal eLife in October 2019, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, bring new clarity to the mystery of tardigrade resilience with a discovery that could have huge implications for the future of biotechnology.