Tardigrade Dsup Protection Graphic (IMAGE) University of California - San Diego Caption UC San Diego biologists found that tardigrades, or 'water bears,' are able to withstand extreme conditions because of a Damage suppression protein (Dsup) that binds and forms a protective cloud against survival threats. Credit James Kadonaga/UC San Diego Usage Restrictions Must be used in conjunction with eLife paper on tardigrades. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.