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Sasselov, Dimitar D
The life of super-Earths : how the hunt for alien worlds and artificial cells will revolutionize life on our planet / Dimitar Sasselov
New York : Basic Books, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QH326 .S27 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Exobiology
Synthetic biology
Extrasolar planets
Life -- Origin
Life on other planets
Physical Description xvi, 202 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Summary "In the past year, we have witnessed unprecedented breakthroughs in the seemingly unrelated fields of synthetic biology and exoplanetary astronomy. Just recently, arsenic-based bacteria was discovered in a California lake-both puzzling and electrifying the scientific world. In The Life of Super-Earths, expert astronomer Dimitar Sasselov aims to highlight these groundbreaking findings and explain how what we learn in the laboratory informs our investigation of the universe, and vice versa. The discovery of a New Earth, or other world, may be in our future. But a truly 'alien' life form is more likely to emerge from our planet's natural environment or in a petri dish at a research lab. We may cross a milestone into the era of synthetic biology under the microscope. These breakthroughs will shed new light on our place in the universe and answer the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe? The Life of Super-Earths offers nothing short of a revolution in our understanding of life and its place in the cosmos"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction : The mystery of life -- Extrasolar planets at last -- The world of planets -- Completing the Copernican revolution -- Chasing transits -- Super-Earth : a new type of planet -- Super-Earths : the hardest rocks in the universe -- The scale of life -- Origins of life : why planets? -- Life as a planetary phenomenon -- Places we could call home -- The passage of time : the universe is young, life is younger -- The future of life
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