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life-form

Biology
A generic term referring to organism’s shape or appearance.
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There is a danger that they might harbour microbes from Earth that could spread to the Martian surface and confuse further efforts to distinguish Martian life-forms from those of Earth.
London, December 9 ( ANI ): The first replicating life-forms on the planet may have originated deep underground, a study has suggested.
As redundant species within each life-form are not entirely equivalent, they have different tolerances to environmental constraints (Sarmiento, 1996).
BREAKING OUT If Russell and Martin's theory has any chance of being right, naked, rock-cradled life-forms must at some point have invented the biochemistry required to produce their own membranes.
Fossils like these often help solve mysteries of evolution--the development or change of life-forms over long periods of time.
This is no small step; never before have we decided on purpose to wipe out an entire life-form. Many scientists consider a virus a living thing, just like a flower or a peregrine falcon or a human being--even though a virus has no cells and is mostly DNA or RNA.
equitans may have such a minimalist genome because it represents a primitive life-form reminiscent of early life on the planet or because it's a highly evolved microbe that has streamlined its genome to the bare essentials.
They've merely temporarily halted plans to use information drawn from their studies to create a new life-form.
Before attempting to create a new life-form in the laboratory, one group of scientists is pausing to allow reflection on the consequences of such an effort.
Every life-form possesses a genetic code that links it to the past and to the future, to the prior history of the species and to its afterlife in the species' later propagation.
Red now becomes the hero, and leads the life-forms to a new home.
NNA - 20/2/2011 Head of the Lebanese Astronomical Association Roger Hajjar summed up that "it will be a question of time before life-forms could be found in the Universe.