Special Issue "Extremophiles and the Origin of Life"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2018).
Interests: hyperthermophilic archaea; pathogenic enteric bacteria
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The likelihood that prebiotic habitats were distinct from those of modern Earth remains certain. A reasonable supposition about life’s origin is that it accommodated early and extreme environmental conditions that, today, are rare on Earth. Only extremophilic microbes exhibit the biological traits that are compatible with these conditions. A better understanding of these traits should, therefore, inform on the processes that lead to and ultimately established life. This type of information provides historic insight and also direction for locating life in extra-terrestrial locations. These traits can be better understood using a diversity of approaches ranging from classic microbial physiology, to chemistry and biochemistry to comprehensive ‘omic technologies. The maturation of scientific approaches promises to enhance appreciation for an ancient evolutionary process lacking a fossil record. In this collection of articles, a current understanding about the biological mechanisms that typify extremophiles are presented and provide a foundation for viewing the origin of life.
Prof. Paul Blum
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- extremophile traits
- adaptive mechanisms
- evolutionary origins
- extraterrestrial life