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Life at high temperatures. Evolutionary, ecological, and biochemical significance of organisms living in hot springs is discussed.

Authors
  • Brock, T D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1967
Volume
158
Issue
3804
Pages
1012–1019
Identifiers
PMID: 4861476
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The time is now ripe for a concerted attack on the evolutionary, ecological, and molecular aspects of life at high temperatures. Hot springs provide nearly ideal ecosystems for such study, since they are natural environments of great antiquity and relative constancy, where organisms have evolved to meet the environmental challenges of high temperatures. Even from our present limited knowledge, we can draw a number of conclusions.

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