Glacial catch: cold loving, radiation-resistant bacteria

In the ice-clad mountains of Sikkim in the north east of India, some unique bacteria have been thriving in a glacier – not just surviving in the extreme temperatures but resisting harmful radiations and churning out industrially important enzymes. Researchers scouring the glacier of East Rathong in West Sikkim have now unlocked the genetic secrets behind the capability of these bacteria to adapt to such extreme cold1,2,3 – a property that will be of value for enzyme-driven industrial applications.

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