I was reading about the Thermococcus Gammatolerans and its absurdly high radiation resistance, when something occurred to me.
What reason did anyone have in the first place to subject this thing to this level of radiation?
I'm very curious to find out about the process behind deciding which organisms to test the radiation resistance of. Is there an ongoing effort to test the resistance of every species yet discovered? Or are there other factors in determining which species should be subjected to this kind of testing?