Deinococcus radiodurans is a bacterium that was isolated from cooling ponds in and around nuclear power plants. It is highly resistant to ionizing radiation. Propose a hypothesis to explain the high level of radiation resistance and an experiment to test your hypothesis.
Antiobiotic resistance is usually conferred by allowing the bacterium to remove the drug from its system or to otherwise change its cell wall synthesis such that it is not affected by the drug anymore. Ionizing radiation will function mainly to damage DNA, so it is unlikely that the bacterium is going to be able to evolve a pump or a different genetic material to ...
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