Well, it might not be
of a parody, but too close Radioactive Green Slime From A Nuclear Reactor is pretty good, too.
One of the world’s tiniest celebrities hails from one of the planet’s toughest neighborhoods.
Its story began a couple of years ago, when scientists fished a strange slime off a probe used to examine decades-old, high-level nuclear waste inside tanks stored at Savannah River Site.
“At first, nobody was sure what it was,” said Christopher “Kitt” Bagwell, a senior scientist at the top-secret Savannah River National Laboratory.
Turns out, the greenish-orange slime was alive.
The more it was studied, the more it enamored scientists who were fascinated with its ability to survive radiation doses thousands of times greater than what is considered lethal to humans.
“Finding an organism in such a toxic environment is very unexpected,” said Dr. Bagwell, who will present a paper about the bacteria - dubbed kineococcus radiotolerans - to the American Society for Microbiology next month.
Humans and most organisms can tolerate few breaks in DNA molecules, he said, but kineococcus radiotolerans has the ability to reassemble itself.
“With this organism, we can take an intact DNA molecule, blast it into little pieces, and in five to six hours the organism is restored and growing normally again,” Dr. Bagwell said.
BULLETS WON’T STOP IT!
Beware!!… The Blob!!
Yowsa. At first I wondered if the story was for real, but Googling
kineococcus radiotolerans brings up a lot of items. An aerobic bacterium that thrives in the face of intense ionizing radiation; that’s pretty cool.
Will you believe it in your head?
Will you believe it when you’re dead?
The Green Slime!
Run for the hills! It’s on the hills? Run, run away from the hills!