Dormancy of cells and organisms:
strategies for survival and preservation

Dormancy is a strategy used by many organisms to survive adverse conditions. The SLEEPING BEAUTY project aims at identifying the molecular and cellular processes that enable five model organisms that enter and be revived from dormancy. These studies will reveal the genes, proteins and metabolites that are involved in the induction, maintenance and revival from dormancy. The results will enhance our knowledge of dormancy so as to assess the feasibility of inducing cells or organisms into reversible dormant stages and facilitate the development of novel concepts and methods for cell preservation.

European Community Contract number: 012674-2

Starting date: September 1, 2005 Duration: 36 months Budget: 2,942,000 EC contribution: 1,840,000

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