How do terrestrial Antarctic organisms survive in their harsh environment?
1 Department of Zoology, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
2 Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Journal of Biology 2009, 8:39 doi:10.1186/jbiol142Published: 29 April 2009
Anhydrobiosis, or extreme desiccation tolerance, is one of the strategies that allows terrestrial Antarctic organisms to survive in a harsh environment. A new study in BMC Genomics analyses gene expression in an Antarctic nematode during desiccation, and sheds new light on this phenomenon.