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AcidopHiles : a not- so-basic life

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dc.contributor.advisor Marcia Bartusiak. en_US McPherson, Stephanie M. (Stephanie Mae) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US 2012-01-12T19:30:45Z 2012-01-12T19:30:45Z 2011 en_US 2011 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M. in Science Writing)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2011. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 27-29). en_US
dc.description.abstract There are conditions on the Earth that are completely inhospitable to humans. Macroscopic life forms in these conditions are extremely rare. Microscopic life forms, however, thrive. They are called extremophiles. One subset of extremophile called the acidophile live in acidic environments, at time even more corrosive than battery acid. Acidophiles are microbes, and live together in hugely diverse ecosystems. Each species of acidophile fills a different niche. They survive in high acid environments using a number of methods, including a highly active proton pump, or five-ring structures called hopanoids that are imbedded in the cell membrane, among others. Acidophiles can be applied to many human questions. They are used in the process of bioremediation as applied to acid mine drainage sites. They are also useful in biomining. Because of their ability to flourish in near-otherworldly conditions, they have particular interest in the field of astrobiology, the search for extraterrestrial life. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Stephanie M. McPherson. en_US
dc.format.extent 29 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.title AcidopHiles : a not- so-basic life en_US
dc.title.alternative Not- so-basic life en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Science Writing en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 769911505 en_US

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