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HOME > Restriction Enzymes > Sources > Deinococcus radiodurans
Deinococcus radiodurans

BioHazard Level:

Growth Temperature:

Appropriate growth media:
Corynebacterium agar

Genomic sources for restriction enzymes (at this website):
DrdI, DriI

Gram Stain:
Deinococcus radiodurans is Gram stain positive

Deinococcus radiodurans is aerobic

Deinococcus radiodurans is non-motile

Taxonomic lineage:
Bacteria; Deinococcus-Thermus; Deinococci; Deinococcales; Deinococcaceae; Deinococcus

Industrial uses or economic implications:
Due to the extreme conditions that Deinococcus radiodurans is resistant to it is being investigated for toxic cleanup in highly radioactive sites. Deinococcus radiodurans has been modified to degrade a number of organic compounds as well as converting heavy metal contaminants to less toxic or bioavailable forms.

Deinococcus radiodurans is the most radiation-resistant organism known. Characteristics include an extreme resistance to genotoxic chemicals, oxidative damage, high levels of ionizing and ultraviolet radiation, and dehydration. Due to it's resistance to extreme conditions D. radiodurans is sometimes referred to as "Conan the bacterium".

Human health and disease:
While Deinococcus radiodurans is quite resistant to a number of interventions for sterilization, it is a relatively weak competitor and not seen as a human pathogen.
Disclaimer: This information is presented as interesting bits of information is not meant to be medical advice and should not be used to treat or diagnose any disease!

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