Life at High Temperatures

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Science  24 Nov 1967:
Vol. 158, Issue 3804, pp. 1012-1019
DOI: 10.1126/science.158.3804.1012


The time is now ripe for a concerted attack on the evolutionary, ecological, and molecular aspects of life at high temperatures. Hot springs provide nearly ideal ecosystems for such study, since they are natural environments of great antiquity and relative constancy, where organisms have evolved to meet the environmental challenges of high temperatures. Even from our present limited knowledge, we can draw a number of conclusions.

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