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30 year old frozen water bears come back to life

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From Vox:

For some reason, the scientists decided the ̊world wasn’t ready for them. So the tardigrades, and the moss they were found in, were wrapped in paper, placed in plastic baggies, and locked away in a -20 degrees Celsius freezer. There they remained — frozen and forgotten — for more than 30 years.

This sounds like the start of a horror movie. But be assured: When the tardigrades unfroze in May 2014, they did not seek vengeance upon humanity for their imprisonment.

Instead, they moseyed around on a plate of agar gel like nothing had happened. And then they reproduced. More.

See also: Water bear’s hybrid genome now disputed

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