I do not want to rain on the tardigrade parade, but…I’m gonna rain on the tardigrade parade.
Don’t get me wrong – cryptobiosis is incredibly cool! We can learn SO many things from studying tardigrades (they also have a weird protein that helps protect against radiation damage??). But being able to put yourself in stasis to survive something is not the same as being adapted to live in that environment, and even in cryptobiosis tardigrades can and do die. They’re tough but by no means indestructible.
that said there’s still an awesome shirt out there that says live tiny die never and I still want it very badly when will it come back to print
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