Origins

The studio is named after Deinococcus Radiodurans, an extremophilic bacteria that can survive acid, drought and has extraordinary tolerance to radiation. The origins of its name are deino- (strange) -coccus (berry)  radius- (radiation) -durare (surviving).

The bacteria was discovered in 1956 by Arthur W. Anderson at the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station through experiments to understand whether canned food could be sterilized using high doses of gamma rays. The cans were bombarded with radiation that was thought to kill all known forms of life but the meat spoiled and the Deinococcus Radiodurans bacterium was later isolated. It has a unique quality in which it can repair radiation induced damage in both single- and double-stranded DNA.

It is quite the art to survive where others do not.