Extreme Life

  • The First Sulfur Eaters
    Sulfate-reducing bacteria have been known to exist at least 2.72 billion years ago, but new findings from Western Australian rocks push the date of their existence back an additional 750 million years. This would mean that sulfate-reducing bacteria are one of the oldest known life
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  • Tandem Evolution
    A type of clam that inhabits deep-sea hydrothermal vents is so closely knit with a bacterium living in its tissues that their evolutionary paths, as recorded in their DNA, run in lockstep.
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  • Why Microbes Matter
    Research on Mars can lead to advances in biotechnology and medicine, bring us closer to understanding our origins.
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  • Eating Kerogen
    A team of researchers discovered that microorganisms in Kentucky's New Albany Shale are eating kerogen.
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  • Cafe Methane
    In recent years, researchers discovered life also thrives in other, much colder, lightless deep-sea ecosystems besides hydrothermal vents.
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  • Life without Volcanic Heat
    An 18-story undersea vent off the Atlantic, near what has been called the 'Lost City', has recently revealed itself as ripe with exotic microbial life.
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  • Living on Fools Gold
    Reseachers study chemolithotrophic bacteria that survive by getting its energy by oxidizing pyrite, also known as "fool's gold".
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  • Bugs From Hell
    Geochemists and microbiologists are delving into the details of extreme biochemistry deep within the Earth, where chemical and metabolic processes go at glacial pace, and life appears to be completely disconnected from the photosynthesis-based biological cycles that dominate surface life.
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  • Living in the Dark
    Over the past several years, scientists have discovered life in the most unusual places. From rocky abodes deep underground, to hot volcanic vents under the seas.
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  • From Lightbulbs to Life
    A one-celled organism that lives in deep-sea volcanic vents has developed an alternative metabolism that uses tungsten - an element popularly used to make lightbulb filaments.
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  • Bugs From Hell
    Geochemists and microbiologists are delving into the details of extreme biochemistry deep within the Earth, where chemical and metabolic processes go at glacial pace, and life appears to be completely disconnected from the photosynthesis-based biological cycles that dominate surface life.
    more...
  • Life without Volcanic Heat
    An 18-story undersea vent off the Atlantic, near what has been called the 'Lost City', has recently revealed itself as ripe with exotic microbial life.
    more...
  • Test-tube RNA
    Research done by scientists at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research offers insights into evolutionary origins of life.
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  • Café Methane
    In recent years, researchers discovered life also thrives in other, much colder, lightless deep-sea ecosystems besides hydrothermal vents.
    more...
  • Eating Kerogen
    A team of researchers discovered that microorganisms in Kentucky's New Albany Shale are eating kerogen.
    more...