extremophile


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extremophile

(ĭk-strē′mə-fīl′)
n.
Any of various organisms that require extreme conditions of temperature, pressure, or chemical concentration, as in very cold or salty environments, in order to thrive.

extremophile

(ĕks-trēm′ŏ-fīl) [L. extremus, outermost, + Gr. philein, to love]
An organism that can thrive in exceptionally adverse environments, such as in very cold or very hot, halogenated, or salty conditions.

extremophile

a MICROORGANISM that can grow under severe or extreme environmental conditions; for example, very high temperature, high NaCl concentration, very low pH. Often they are members of the ARCHAEA.
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Extremophiles in nature are organisms that thrive in conditions detrimental to the majority of life on earth--caves, deep seas--and when cavers and divers enter these environments, they sometimes report having an experience called the rapture, or raptures of the deep: the body's response to depth and darkness.
8) Centre for Astrobiology & Extremophile Research, Division of Chemical & Forensic Science, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1DP, UK
This unique extremophile can now be explored by scientists throughout the world.
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brockianus in 160-degree Yellowstone pools as part of its extremophile research, studying organisms named for their love of extreme living conditions that would snuff out most living creatures.
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The DNA that codes for the enzyme is unlike the DNA for any known cellulase; it was traced back to a never-before-seen extremophile.
The slideshows give an overall understanding of the extremophile research and the other sections provide excellent details and extend the information presented in the slideshows.
In fact, medical researchers have discovered extremophiles in New Mexican caves that spew chemicals to keep other extremophile species out of the way.
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