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Glass vials containing dried B. subtilis spores (R. Möller and C. S. Cockell)Last week, The Atlantic‘s Sarah Zhang profiled a University of Edinburgh science experiment that began in 02014 and — if everything goes according to plan — will conclude in 02514.The experiment is studying the longevity of bacteria, which can remain viable well past the lifespan of humans.Physically, the 500-year experiment consists of 800 simple glass vials containing either Chroococcidiopsis or another bacterium, Bacillus subtilis. The glass vials have been hermetically sealed with a flame. Half are shielded with lead, to protect them from the radiation of radon or cosmic rays, which can cause DNA damage. …

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Glass vials containing dried B. subtilis spores (R. Möller and C. S. Cockell)Last week, The Atlantic‘s Sarah Zhang profiled a University of Edinburgh science experiment that began in 02014 and — if everything goes according to plan — will conclude in 02514.The experiment is studying the longevity of bacteria, which can remain viable well past the lifespan of humans.Physically, the 500-year experiment consists of 800 simple glass …

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