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Dormancy and resistance in harsh environments

Lubzens, E.; Cerda, J.; Clark, Melody S., eds. 2010 Dormancy and resistance in harsh environments. Berlin, Springer, 300pp. (Topics in Current Genetics, 21).

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Abstract/Summary

Many organisms have evolved the ability to enter into and revive from a dormant state. They can survive for long periods in this state (often even months to years), yet can become responsive again within minutes or hours. This is often, but not necessarily, associated with desiccation. Preserving one’s body and reviving it in future generations is a dream of mankind. To date, however, we have failed to learn how cells, tissues or entire organisms can be made dormant or be effectively revived at ambient temperatures. In this book studies on organisms, ranging from aquatic cyanobacteria that produce akinetes to hibernating mammals, are presented, and reveal common but also divergent physiological and molecular pathways for surviving in a dormant form or for tolerating harsh environments. Attempting to learn the functions associated with dormancy and how they are regulated is one of the great future challenges. Its relevance to the preservation of cells and tissues is one of the key concerns of this book

Item Type: Publication - Book
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Ecosystems
ISBN: 978-3-642-12421-1
Additional Pages: xii
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Date made live: 21 Jun 2011 13:36
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/14525

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