By: Simit Patel - Field Application Scientist, Partek Incorporated
Recently a post about how the microscopic water bear (tardigrade) can survive in extreme drought, temperature, pressure and radiation as well as in the vacuum of space popped up on my Twitter feed. Being the fan I am of anything space related I was intrigued. I downloaded the publically available data to explore what is it about the water bear transcriptomic profile that allows them to survive the extreme environmental difference between Earth and space. This presented the perfect opportunity for me to see how well Partek® Flow® software would let me analyze non-model organism data, and at the same time, not have to deal with any command line tools.