Deinococcus radiodurans has a remarkable ability to resist damage to its DNA due to radiation, dehydration or (to my knowledge) any other source. It keeps multiple copies of its genome and has a repair mechanism as well.
My question is: how could this thing evolve to be so sophisticated at preventing the processes behind evolution? It seems that a mechanism to prevent errors would also prevent changes, so that as soon as the organism got OK at preventing changes it wouldn't be able to evolve to get better at it. Were genes for these processes borrowed from other extremophiles? Is the assumption that it was in such extreme environments that the damaging influences were keeping up with the repair mechanisms? That's my guess, but I'd love to hear from others with more knowledge of evolutionary processes.