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Prospecting Extreme Niches

  • Indu C. NairEmail author
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Abstract

Origin of life in the universe is an ever-challenging concept for researchers in all branches of science, and it often places many unanswerable questions before the entire scientific community. However life through extremophiles is emerging as one of the acceptable hypothesis in this respect. Exploitation of the extremophiles and investigation into the conditions in which they survive often bring new information regarding the mechanism by which these microbes metabolize and survive hard surroundings, many of which resemble the extreme conditions at the beginning of the life on earth. The wide diversity, immense adaptation, and the efficient catabolic potential of the microorganisms add huge support to their chance of pre-existing before the realization of present life forms on earth and add the possibility of carrying life across planets in the universe. Information regarding the extremophiles, their structural and chemical adaptations, their genome content and its significance, and the enzymes and other products from extremophiles contribute endless scope for exploring prospects of these systems for future benefits.

Keywords

Bioprospecting Extremophiles Metagenomics Bioprocess 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologySASSNDP Yogam CollegePathanamthittaIndia

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