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Illustration: Jeremy Teaford; photo Anna-Louise Reysenbach
2014-11-24 04:00:02

One of the most mysterious forms of life may turn out to be a rich and untapped source of antibacterial drugs.

Promiscuous Extremophiles Better Oil Spill Cleanup
2013-10-01 09:51:10

The genetic promiscuity of extremophile bacteria in Antarctica's frigid Deep Lake may help researchers develop better methods for cleaning up oil spills.

Subglacial Antarctic Lake Sediments Contain Diversity Of Ancent Lifeforms
2013-09-11 09:28:57

A group of British scientists has for the first time found evidence of diverse life forms dating back nearly 100 thousand years in subglacial lake sediment.

Extreme Arctic Bacteria Could Thrive On Mars
2013-05-24 14:19:27

A recent discovery made on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic opens up the possibly that bacteria could grow on the surface of Mars.

Extreme Antarctic Bacteria May Hold Key To Life On Mars
2013-03-12 11:37:26

By studying microorganisms that thrive in the extreme environment of Antarctica, scientists have found new proteins that could enable life to function on Mars and in other extreme environments.

Mysterious Microbial Community Unveiled Using Infrared Spectromicroscopy
2013-01-22 09:45:35

In the fall of 2010, Hoi-Ying Holman of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) was approached by an international team researching a mysterious microbial community discovered deep in cold sulfur springs in southern Germany.

Antarctic Expedition Looks For Life In Lake Under Ice Sheet
2012-09-10 13:12:21

A team of 12 British scientists are about to embark on a grueling two-and-a-half month expedition to search for life in Lake Ellsworth, which is located 1.6 miles below the surface of the Antarctic ice sheet.

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2010-08-12 09:50:00

Bacteria discovered in an oxygen-starved area of Argentina could demonstrate how life could exist on Mars or other planets.

2008-06-24 02:29:15

By Alicia Chang LOS ANGELES - Bizarre microbes flourish in the most punishing environments on Earth from the bone-dry Atacama Desert in Chile to the boiling hot springs of Yellowstone National Park to the sunless sea bottom vents in the Pacific.

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2008-06-23 14:00:00

Microbes flourish on Earth in many extreme environments -- from the Atacama Desert in Chile, to the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, to the sunless sea bottom vents in Pacific. Could exotic life like this exist in the frigid arctic plains of Mars?


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Pompeii Worm, Alvinella pompejana
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Pompeii worm (Alvinella pompejana) is a species of polychaete worm, or bristle worm that is only found in the Pacific Ocean. It resides at hydrothermal vents, making it an extremophile, and was first discovered French marine biologists of the coat of the Galapagos Islands in the 1980s. It was described by Lucien Laubier and Daniel Desbruyeres as a deep-sea polychaete that could withstand extreme amounts of heat. The Pompeii worm can reach an average length of up to five inches and is...

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