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UW laboratory’s tardigrade research featured online

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Associate professor Thomas Boothby talks about his tardigrade research and collaboration with other scientists.

A University of Wyoming molecular biologist’s tardigrade research is being featured in a video story by WIRED.

Thomas Boothby and his research team in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources study tardigrades to see how the creatures can withstand the stresses of space, extreme heat, dryness, radiation and extreme cold, among other hostile environments.

They hope to be able to use the findings, for example, to stabilize human blood in a dry state or store   vaccines like the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine in a dry state compared to its current negative 80 degree requirement. The findings could also help make crops more drought resistant.

The video and story is at


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