- Deinococcus radiodurans is a bacterium capable of surviving in harsh climatic conditions.
- It is one of the most radiation resistant organisms yet known, hence it has been given the nickname 'Conan the Bacterium'. It can also protect itself from cold, dehydration, vacuum and acid.
- The chromosomes and plasmid of this bacterium are linked together, which keeps them ready for repair after intense radiation.
- Researchers have found this bacterium to be particularly suitable for living on Mars.