Deinococcus radiodurans

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Deinococcus radiodurans
A tetrad of D. radiodurans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Deinococcus-Thermus
Order: Deinococcales
Genus: Deinococcus
Species: D. radiodurans
Binomial name
Deinococcus radiodurans
Brooks & Murray, 1981

Deinococcus radiodurans is a gram-positive, nonmotile,[1] red-pigmented bacterium. It was originally identified as a contaminant of irradiated canned meat in 1956.

Deinococcus radiodurans has the systems for DNA repair, DNA damage export and genetic redundancy. It can recover from desiccation (loss of water) and starvation.

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  1. Has no cilia or flagellum.