The Genetics, Biochemistry, and Biophysics of Carbon Cycling by Deep Life

Karen G. Lloyd, Cody S. Sheik, Bertrand Garcìa-Moreno, Catherine A. Royer

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Life in the terrestrial and marine subsurface has adapted and evolved mechanisms to survive under extremes of energy limitation, temperature, pressure, radiation, and/or water availability. New developments in nucleic acid sequencing, high-pressure biochemistry, and high-pressure biophysics have expanded our understanding of the mechanisms used by deep life. This chapter synthesizes these new developments and highlights remaining gaps in understanding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDeep Carbon
Subtitle of host publicationPast to Present
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781108677950
ISBN (Print)9781108477499
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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  • Adaptation
  • Bioenergetics
  • Biophysics
  • Extreme pressure
  • Genomics
  • Heterologous protein expression
  • Metabolism
  • Piezophile
  • Subsurface


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