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Author Forterre, Patrick, author.

Uniform Title Microbes de l'enfer. English
Title Microbes from hell / Patrick Forterre ; translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan.

Publication Info. Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  579.317 F776m 2016    ---  Available
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Description 273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Language Translated from French.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A Bit of History : Microbes and Humans -- Hunting Hyperthermophiles and Their Viruses : From the Great Depths to the Laboratory -- How Do You Live in Hell? -- The Universal Tree of Life : Where to Place Microbes from Hell and Their Viruses? -- The Universal Tree of Life : Are Microbes from Hell Our Ancestors?
Summary At the close of the 1970s, the two-domain classification scheme long used by most biologists -- prokaryotes versus eukaryotes -- was upended by the discovery of an entirely new group of organisms: archaea. Initially thought to be bacteria, these single-celled microbes -- many of which were first found in seemingly unlivable habitats like the volcanic hot springs of Yellowstone National Park -- were in fact so different at molecular and genetic levels as to constitute a separate, third domain beside bacteria and eukaryotes. Their discovery sparked a conceptual revolution in our understanding of the evolution of life, and Patrick Forterre was -- and still is -- at the vanguard of this revolution. In Microbes from Hell, one of the world's leading experts on archaea and hyperthermophiles, or organisms that have evolved to flourish in extreme temperatures, offers a colorful, engaging account of this taxonomic upheaval. Blending tales of his own search for thermophiles with discussions of both the physiological challenges thermophiles face and the unique adaptations they have evolved to live in high-temperature environments, Forterre illuminates our developing understanding of the relationship between archaea and the rest of Earth's organisms. From biotech applications to the latest discoveries in thermophile research, from microbiomes to the communities of organisms that dwell on deep-sea vents, Forterre's exploration of life-forms that seem to thrive at the mouth of hell provides a glimpse into the early days of Earth, offering deep insight into what life may have looked like in the extreme environments of our planet's dawn. -- Provided by publisher.
Subject Thermophilic microorganisms.
Microorganisms -- Effect of heat on.
Archaea -- physiology. (DNLM)D001105Q000502
Hydrothermal Vents -- microbiology. (DNLM)D060086Q000382
Hot Springs -- microbiology. (DNLM)D045482Q000382
Archaeal Viruses -- physiology. (DNLM)D023641Q000502
Archaea -- genetics. (DNLM)D001105Q000235
Archaeal Viruses -- genetics. (DNLM)D023641Q000235
Biological Evolution. (DNLM)D005075
Microorganisms -- Effect of heat on. (OCoLC)fst01019947
Thermophilic microorganisms. (OCoLC)fst01149889
Added Author Fagan, Teresa Lavender, translator.
ISBN 9780226265827 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
022626582X (cloth ; alkaline paper)
9780226265964 (e-book)
Standard No. 40026685829

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