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Old 06-17-2024, 12:34 PM   #1
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I picked up an interesting science tidbit yesterday. On one of the nature shows they discussed the examination of the corral reefs around the Bikini Atoll. Scientists were stunned to find the corrals in the reefs to be vigorous and healthy in spite of the high levels of radiation leftover from the H-bomb tests. They were confused and cross compared the Bikini corrals to those of other reefs with far less radiation exposure. They examined the corral genomes looking for mutations. They found none.

Scientists, after much further research and elimination of other possibilities, came to the conclusion that corrals have the ability to either repair damage to their genes or the ability to ignore damage to their genes. A trait like that would be massively useful in spaceflight.

In a Transhuman Space game this type of real world based radiation resistance wound be as desirable as the calcium hack.

What would you do with this radiation resistance and/or genetic repair of radiation damage.

Also, how to put either possibility in stats.
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Old 06-17-2024, 04:48 PM   #2
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How does coral ignore damage?
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Old 06-17-2024, 05:04 PM   #3
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How does coral ignore damage?
That's what they're trying to figure out.
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Old 06-17-2024, 05:10 PM   #4
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Presumably, redundancy and error correction. The vast majority of mutations in humans also get cleaned up, it's just that redundancy and error correction aren't free so we've evolved to only have enough radiation tolerance to successfully reproduce (with an acceptable mutation rate over multiple generations) in a normal situation, and that situation isn't space.
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Old 06-19-2024, 09:22 PM   #5
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I picked up an interesting science tidbit yesterday. On one of the nature shows they discussed the examination of the corral reefs around the Bikini Atoll. Scientists were stunned to find the corrals in the reefs to be vigorous and healthy in spite of the high levels of radiation leftover from the H-bomb tests. They were confused and cross compared the Bikini corrals to those of other reefs with far less radiation exposure. They examined the corral genomes looking for mutations. They found none.

Scientists, after much further research and elimination of other possibilities, came to the conclusion that corrals have the ability to either repair damage to their genes or the ability to ignore damage to their genes. A trait like that would be massively useful in spaceflight.

In a Transhuman Space game this type of real world based radiation resistance wound be as desirable as the calcium hack.

What would you do with this radiation resistance and/or genetic repair of radiation damage.

Also, how to put either possibility in stats.
On a related but interesting note: Deinococccus radiodurans

This is a highly radiation-resistant bacterium that has roughly 1000 times the radiation tolerance of a Human.
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