sâmbătă, 5 februarie 2011

Dead sea is not dead!

Contrary to popular belief, the Dead Sea is not dead. It is populated by microorganisms, most of which belong to the group of salt-tolerant archaea. Archaea (from the Greek archaĩos, "archaic") are among the most primordial life forms on earth and have managed to survive particularly in extreme environments. A research group in Freiburg led by Dr. Ivan Berg has studied the metabolic processes in these microorganisms, which have previously eluded evolutionary biologists.

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