Strategies of Life Detection

ISBN: 978-0-387-77515-9 (Print) 978-0-387-77516-6 (Online)

Table of contents (27 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-IV

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    Pages 1-3

    Foreword

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    Pages 5-10

    Towards a Definition of Life: The Impossible Quest?

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    Pages 11-23

    Infrared Spectroscopy of Solar-System Planets

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    Pages 25-35

    Extraterrestrial Organic Matter and the Detection of Life

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    Pages 37-48

    Astrobiology and Habitability of Titan

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    Pages 49-54

    An Approach to Searching for Life on Mars, Europa, and Enceladus

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    Pages 55-79

    Accretion, Trapping and Binding of Sediment in Archean Stromatolites—Morphological Expression of the Antiquity of Life

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    Pages 81-94

    Biogenerated Rock Structures

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    Pages 95-114

    Morphological Biosignatures in Early Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Materials

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    Pages 115-131

    Gene Transfer and the Reconstruction of Life’s Early History from Genomic Data

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    Pages 133-159

    Molecular Biosignatures

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    Pages 161-185

    Fossil Lipids for Life-Detection: A Case Study from the Early Earth Record

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    Pages 187-201

    Chirality and Life

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    Pages 203-220

    Multiple-Sulphur Isotope Biosignatures

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    Pages 221-232

    Stable Isotope Ratios as a Biomarker on Mars

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    Pages 233-243

    Viking Biology Experiments: Lessons Learned and the Role of Ecology in Future Mars Life-Detection Experiments

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    Pages 245-254

    Morphological Biosignatures from Subsurface Environments: Recognition on Planetary Missions

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    Pages 255-268

    Exploration of the Habitability of Mars: Development of Analytical Protocols for Measurement of Organic Carbon on the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory

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    Pages 269-279

    Urey: Mars Organic and Oxidant Detector

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    Pages 281-292

    Raman Spectroscopy—A Powerful Tool for in situ Planetary Science

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