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Was the Environment for Primordial Life Hypersaline? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This journal article explores the possibility that Halobacteria may have been one of the original forms of life. Many scientists are turning to Archaea as having a role in the origin of life, but ...

Biology of Moderately Halophilic Aerobic Bacteria part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Biology of Moderately Halophilic Aerobic Bacteria is a 41-page, in-depth review article. It includes detailed sections about the taxonomy and phylogeny, ecology, physiology, enzymes, cell envelopes, ...

Halophiles in Space part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This two-minute video interview with SETI researcher Rocco Mancinelli describes his interest in halophiles and their adaptive abilities to withstand extreme environments, including the vacuum and ...

Voices: Rocco Mancinelli part of SERC Web Resource Collection

SETI scientist Rocco Mancinelli is featured in this interview about halophiles and their role in the search for extraterrestrial life. Mancinelli speaks to a young audience, recalling how he became ...

Antarctic Microbes Colonize under Mars-like Conditions part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article takes a look at Antarctic biology over the last 20 years, highlighting the recent discovery of microbes that occupy one of the closest Mars-like terrestrial habitats on ...

Conan the Bacterium part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This on-line news article reveals the defense strategy of radiation-resistant Deinococcus radiodurans to be a tightly packed ring of DNA. The article explores the hypothesis of some that indicates ...

Mono Lake Background part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This document details the history, geography, biology, and educational value of Mono Lake, California. The author describes the effects of the saline and alkaline environment on its inhabitants and ...

Alkaliphilic Micro-0rganisms and Habitats part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This review article summarizes the current status of the biodiversity of alkaliphilic microorganisms in various environments and outlines aspects of their biotechnological potential. The article ...

Exobiology in the Solar System and the Search for Life on Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This 180-page report of the European Space Agency offers an exobiological view of the solar system and describes the search for life on Mars. Exobiology sections include: chemical evolution in the ...

The Microbial World: Winogradsky Column- Perpetual Life in a Tube part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Winogradsky column web page is designed to teach undergraduate students a simple model system of nutrient cycling in natural waters. It includes a physical description of the column and explains ...