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Questioning the radiation limits of life: Ignicoccus hospitalis between replication and VBNC

Koschnitzki, Dagmar ; Moeller, Ralf ; Leuko, Stefan ; Przybyla, Bartos ; Beblo-Vranesevic, Kristina ; Wirth, Reinhard ; Huber, Harald ; Rachel, Reinhard ; Rettberg, Petra


Radiation of ionizing or non-ionizing nature has harmful effects on cellular components like DNA as radiation can compromise its proper integrity. To cope with damages caused by external stimuli including radiation, within living cells, several fast and efficient repair mechanisms have evolved. Previous studies addressing organismic radiation tolerance have shown that radiotolerance is a ...


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