Extremophile
An extremophile (from Latin extremus meaning "extreme" and Greek philiā (φιλία) meaning "love") is an organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to mo...
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Extremophile
The search is on for extremophiles that may provide insights about life elsewhere in the cosmos. Astrobiologist Richard Hoover really goes to extremes to fin...
Pompeii worm
The Pompeii worm, Alvinella pompejana, is a species of deep-sea polychaete worm (commonly referred to as "bristle worms"). It is an extremophile found only at hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean, ...
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Strain 121
Strain 121 (Geogemma barossii) is a single-celled microbe of the domain Archaea. First discovered 200 miles (320 km) off Puget Sound in a hydrothermal vent, it is a hyperthermophile, able to surv...
Snottite
Snottite, also snoticle, is a microbial mat of single-celled extremophilic bacteria which hang from the walls and ceilings of caves and are similar to small stalactites, but have the consistency of sn...
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Acidophile (organisms)
Acidophiles or acidophilic organisms are those that thrive under highly acidic conditions (usually at pH 2.0 or below). These organisms can be found in different branches of the tree of life, includin...
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Archaea
The Archaea (/ɑrˈkiːə/ or /ɑrˈkeɪə/; singular archaeon) constitute a domain or kingdom of single-celled microorganisms. These microbes are prokaryotes, meaning that they have no cell nucleus or any ot...
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Radioresistance
Radioresistance is the property of organisms that are capable of living in environments with very high levels of ionizing radiation.Ionizing-radiation-resistant organisms (IRRO) were defined as organi...
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Acidophile
Acidophiles or acidophilic organisms are those that thrive under highly acidic conditions (usually at pH 2.0 or below). These organisms can be found in different branches of the tree of life, includin...
Alkaliphile
Alkaliphiles are a class of extremophilic microbes capable of survival in alkaline (pH roughly 8.5-11) environments, growing optimally around a pH of 10. These bacteria can be further categorized as o...
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Cryozoa
Cryozoa are organisms capable of surviving temperatures below 0°C for extended periods. Sperm and bacterial cultures are routinely preserved in liquid nitrogen at -196°C, while the nematode Panagrolai...
Halophile
Halophiles are organisms that thrive in high salt concentrations. They are a type of extremophile organism. The name comes from the Greek word for "salt-loving". While most halophiles are classified...
Lithophile
Lithophiles are micro-organisms that can live within the pore interstices of sedimentary and even fractured igneous rocks to depths of several kilometers.Some are known to live in surface rocks, and m...