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Weight of the World on Microbes' Shoulders

Science  22 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5559, pp. 1444-1445
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5559.1444b

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On page 1514, researchers report crushing microbes beneath the equivalent of a 160-kilometer column of water--and showing that some of them can actually survive. To some microbiologists this suggests that similar organisms might survive the high-pressure environments of other celestial bodies, like Jupiter's moon Europa.