How much is known about D. radiodurans's tricks for survival at high
rads? I think I'll go look.
Will report back. Then we can talk to Doug Skrecky about a D.
melanogaster "knock-in" program. :)
> "S.J. Van Sickle" wrote:
> > Large scale radiological weapons can do a pretty good job. They are
> There's a lot of Co-60 necessary to make the ground uninhabitable
> for Deinococcus radiodurans. I haven't seen the studies, but intuitively
> I would doubt it. Consider how many kg of pure isotopes were blown into
> the air by Chernobyl, and it's impact was hardly felt. Most of it went
> down within a 30 km radius of the reactor.
> Stratospheric blasts would be more evenly distributed, but this would
> reduce the local exposure. How many kg of pure isotopes does a fusion
> nuke produce?
> > possible, even relatively cheap compared to what was spent on
> > "conventional" nuclear weapons, but were never built. Why? Because there
> > is no *military* reason to sterilize the planet.
> Similiar things said Dr. Strangelove.
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