The core technology is designed for use in preserving complex biological samples and assays and is based on the principles of anhydrobiosis
("life without water"), a natural mechanism that allows multicellular organisms to survive extreme environments.
Others can survive the loss of most of their internal water; they enter a state of suspended animation known as anhydrobiosis
. (This term is from the Greek for "life without water".) This is widespread among kingdoms and phyla, being found among bacteria, cyanobacteria, protozoans, algae, fungi, lichens, mosses, vascular plants, nematodes, crustaceans, insects, tardigrades, and rotifers (Potts, 1994; Schuster, 1979; Evans, 1958; Parker et al., 1969; During, 1992; Freckman, 1978; Williams, 1987).