Even though you look more like the Micrococcus who you were named for in 1956, your 16S ribosomal sequences beg to differ and place you closer to Thermus. So we even gave you your own genus in the 80s: Deinococcus and made you the first card-carrying member of i-can-survive-high-amounts-of-radiation club. But that wasn’t enough for … More Too insecure to stay with the name Micrococ(k)us?
So you can apparently substitute arsenic for phosphorous. Yes, we can’t even tell the difference between the two. In our defence, they are both elements of Group 15 and are only very slightly different in electronegativity and size (~0.02 nm). Our enzymes work hard to harvest the little phosphorous we can find and in their … More Stop showing off and just use the more stable backbone!