Enchanting Extremophiles and Where to Find Them!

Have you ever wondered about how living creatures survive in extreme environments? What are the adaptations that they develop? These are some major queries in trying to imagine life forms on other planets. Drawing inspiration from such curiosities, movies have portrayed alien life in weird forms. But sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction.

Fumarole on Mount Redoubt, Alaska, USA. An extraordinary place where the glaciers meet volcano making this place one of the most extreme environments known to humans with a variety of extremophiles.
 
Fumarole on Mount Redoubt, Alaska, USA. An extraordinary place where the glaciers meet volcano making this place one of the most extreme environments known to humans. Image Source

From the dark ocean beds to the boiling thermal springs and the depths of the arctic ice, strange types of organisms have been under the microscope for quite some time now. These organisms both unicellular and multicellular, show resistance to environments that are usually lethal. They are so attuned to such conditions, they thrive in them. Articles in this series describe these organisms and the machinery that keeps them alive.

Articles in this series

Extreme Life – The Origins of Extremophiles

Author
Jithin S Sunny

Jithin is a final year PhD student from SRM-IST, Kattankulathur, Chennai. His work is mainly focussed on applying computational biology in the field of extremophile research.

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