Antibiotic resistance genes stored on glaciers (Geny oporności na antybiotyki przechowywane na lodowcach)
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Antibiotic resistance genes stored on glaciers (Geny oporności na antybiotyki przechowywane na lodowcach)

The rapid growth and permanent spreading of resistance to antibiotics among bacteria is an unquestioned global problem and according to the World Health Organization, one of the most serious threats of the 21st century. Currently, drug-resistant diseases cause at least 700,000 deaths globally per year and it is estimated that this number will increase to … Continue reading

Body size of terrestrial tardigrades – chasing the white rabbit (W pogoni za białym królikiem – wielkość ciała lądowych niesporczaków)
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Body size of terrestrial tardigrades – chasing the white rabbit (W pogoni za białym królikiem – wielkość ciała lądowych niesporczaków)

As a key indicator of adaptation of organisms to too hot or too cold climate, body size has been inspiring naturalists for centuries. Organisms size is also important in understanding longevity, their ability to migrate, predator-prey interactions and host-parasite interactions. A classical ecogeographical explanation for latitudinal and temperature variation in body size is a rule … Continue reading

Beautiful beasts – the revision of Arctic tardigrades with a description of a new species from African mountains (Piękne bestie – rewizja arktycznych niesporczaków z opisem nowego gatunku)
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Beautiful beasts – the revision of Arctic tardigrades with a description of a new species from African mountains (Piękne bestie – rewizja arktycznych niesporczaków z opisem nowego gatunku)

Water bears, in Latin Tardigrada, are a group of extraordinary invertebrates known for their ability to enter cryptobiosis – ametabolic state of life. In unfavourable conditions such as too low or too high temperatures, for example, tardigrades enter cryptobiosis and wait for better times. According to reliable literature sources, these small beasts not exceeding 0.5 … Continue reading