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This page is part of an evolutionary biology tutorial for teachers. It provides an overview of the origins of life. Subsequent pages cover possible mechanisms of abiogenesis, the search for ancient ...

Nanobacterium part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Wikipedia article contains a brief overview of nanobacteria. It includes information about various claims regarding the existence and evidence that nanobacteria are a form of life. It also ...

The Worm that Boasts Earth's Hottest Lifestyle part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This brief Exploratorium dispatch reports that the Pompeii worm, an inhabitant of hydrothermal vent ecosystems, can withstand hotter temperatures than any other creature on earth can -- except for ...

Hot-Water Worms May Use Bacteria as Shield part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This National Geographic news article highlights research being done to study the Pompeii worm (Alvinella pompejana), the most heat tolerant complex organism on Earth, and its microscopic symbionts. ...

Great Bugs of Fire: Protein from volcano-loving bug crystallized in space part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This webarticle features the Archaea, an ancient branch of life commonly found living in extreme environments such as volcanic vents and hotsprings, and attempts of researchers aboard the Life and ...

Hot! Hot! Hot! But How? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is part of a larger module called Stalking the Mysterious Microbe, containing experiments, mysteries, and news stories relating to microbes. This particular site features an article ...

Deinococcus radiodurans part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website provides general information on the radiation tolerant microbe Deinococcus radiodurans. This compilation of resources includes news articles, photographs, references, and a short lecture ...

World Index of Molecular Visualization Resources part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a very inclusive site for 3-D viewing of biological molecules and their interactions. There are many links in this site for the modeling and visualizing of proteins and other biologically ...

Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This richly illustrated book combines vivid images from the complementary major PBS television series with imaginative original artwork to tell the compelling story of the world of microbes and their ...

Probing Biodiversity: Molecular Techniques Offer Powerful New Tools part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article introduces the molecular methods used to assess biological diversity. It begins by defining DNA and nucleotide sequencing. An illustration describes the application of molecular methods ...

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