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Defrosting Ancient Microbes

Emerging Genomes in a Warmer World

By Scott Rogers, John D. Castello

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Ice is melting around the world and glaciers are disappearing. Water, which has been solid for thousands and even millions of years, is being released into streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. Embedded in this new fluid water, and now being released, are ancient microbes whose effects on today's organisms and ecosystems is unknown and unpredictable. These long sleeping microbes are becoming physiologically active and may accelerate global climate change. This book explores the emergence of these microbes. The implications for terrestrial life and the life that might exist elsewhere in the universe are explored. Key Selling Points: Explores the role of long frozen ancient microbes will have when released due to global warming Describes how ice preserves microbes and microbial genomes for thousands or millions of years Reviews work done on permafrost microbiology Identifies potential health hazards and environmental risks Examines implications for the search for extraterrestrial life.

Product code: 9780367222628

ISBN 9780367222628
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152
No. Of Pages 230
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
"This book explores the emergence of microbes embedded in ice for thousands - even millions - of years, now being released into streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. This book explores the emergence of these microbes and the implications for terrestrial, as well as extra-terrestrial, life"--