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Life on the edge : amazing creatures thriving in extreme environments

Author: Michael Gross
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Books, ©2001.
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This volume describes life on Earth not by the rules but by the exceptions to them, looking at the most hostile habitats of our environment and their most hardened inhabitants. In recent years, scientists have discovered many single-cell creatures that exist in -- in fact, are perfectly adapted to -- extreme environments that were considered uninhabitable just one or two decades ago. The author analyzes survival  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Gross, Michael, 1963-
Life on the edge.
Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Books, ©2001
(OCoLC)46334979
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Gross
ISBN: 9781429493857 1429493852 9780465011476 0465011470
OCLC Number: 171614327
Notes: Originally published: New York : Plenum Press, ©1998.
Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 210 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Of extremists and eccentrics : a personal preface --
1. Introduction : life and its limits. Things one needs for a living --
What do we mean by "normal" after all? --
The limits of life on Earth --
2. Extreme environments and their inhabitants. Profile : Thomas Brock and the discovery of the hyperthermophiles --
Some like it hot : life around geysers and volcanoes --
Stay cool : life at subzero temperatures --
Sidelines : of polar bears and penguins --
vertebrate life at the poles --
Living under pressure : the deep sea --
Sidelines : on diving --
A light in the dark : luminescent creatures of the deep sea --
Travel to the center of the Earth : the deep subsurface as a biotope --
Extra dry : survival in the desert --
Saturated with salt : the (allegedly) dead sea as a biotope --
Acid heads and basic needs : life at extreme pH --
Nature's eco-brigade : oil-degrading bacteria --
3. The cell's survival kit. The heat shock response --
Sidelines : how to hunt for stress proteins --
Heat shock proteins acting as molecular chaperones --
Antifreeze and cold shock proteins --
Focus : structure and function of the heat shock protein groel --
Adaptations by changes of amino acid sequences --
Chemical adaptations : small molecules --
Some new tricks from the cell's repair workshop --
Focus : the growing family of photolyase enzymes --
Sidelines : how hot love helps archaebacteria to survive --
Waiting for better times : sporulation as a survival strategy --
Focus : the case of the missing alanine --
a biochemical detective story --
Two's company : symbiosis helps species to spread in hostile environments. 4. Relevance of extremes for biotechnology and medicine. An extremely short history of biotechnology --
Hyperthermophilic enzymes --
Profile : Kary Mullis and the polymerase chain reaction --
Preservation by freezing and freeze-drying --
Profile : Pierre Douzou and the invention of cryoenzymology --
High-pressure biotechnology --
Bacteriorhodopsin as an optoelectronic component --
Extremophiles and disease : acid-resistant bacteria in the stomach --
Medical applications of heat shock proteins --
5. Extremists and the tree of life. The origin of life --
the primeval earth as an extreme habitat --
From building blocks to chain molecules --
Profile : Stanley Miller and the primordial soup --
Ribozymes --
relics of a lost world? --
Archaebacteria : a new, very old domain of life --
Focus : ribozymes with new activities and new structures --
Methanococcus jannaschii : decoding an archaebacterium --
Do we all come out of the heat? --
Focus : inteins everywhere --
a surprising by-product of the methanococcus sequencing --
Searching for gaia : life on earth as a hyperorganism --
Profile : James Lovelock --
a heretic? --
6. Life beyond Earth. How to detect life on a planet --
Profile : Carl Sagan and the quest for life in the universe --
Is there life on Mars? --
Sidelines : first results of mars pathfinder and mars global surveyor --
Strange worlds : the moons of the big gas planets --
Are there any planets orbiting other stars? --
The spore's guide to the galaxy --
7. Glossary --
8. Further reading and Internet links.
Responsibility: Michael Gross ; with a new Afterword by the author.

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A new and revealing examination of life on Earth-from the perspective of its hardiest inhabitants.  Read more...

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"A fascinating introduction to the subject [of life in extreme environments]. Challenging in parts--but well worth the effort." New Scientist

 
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