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"Dry Life" ( Just Add Water... )

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This program, from the Cambridge University Channel, features Dr. Alan Tunnacliffe as he explains some of the extraordinary biology of rotifers.  A previous Neatorama post explained that these creatures have survived for 85 million years without having sex; one relevant adaptation is that they can directly incorporate the genetic code of other organisms into their own to form a mosaic DNA.  There are a number of "wow factors" in this brief presentation, including the ability of rotifers to withstand extensive desiccation and extreme temperatures.

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