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  • n. Plural form of extremophile.


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  • They think the lake might be a haven for so-called "extremophiles" - bacteria and other single-celled organisms that have evolved to live in conditions in which other life forms would struggle to survive, such as darkness, or extreme temperatures, or salinity.

    The Guardian World News

  • As surface oceans came and went, underground ponds could have persisted long enough to give rise to "extremophiles" -- like the hardy bacteria at the bottom of Earth's oceans that thrive on volcanic heat.


  • The toughness of these bugs -- which are types of bacteria or archaea called extremophiles -- has long attracted researchers hoping to put them to work in industrial settings such as environmental cleanups or fuel production.

    Coaxing Fuel From Extreme Bugs

  • Living and thriving in the most inhospitable conditions on Earth, tiny bacteria-like microbes known as extremophiles might soon have an oversized effect on our human world.

    Levi Novey: How Extremophiles Might Help Us Save the World

  • And this is a new brand of life that we now collectively call extremophiles (ph), lovers of extreme environments.

    CNN Transcript Feb 17, 2005

  • They are also home to bugs called extremophiles (ph) that live in high temperatures and extreme conditions of acidity or salinity.

    CNN Transcript Sep 11, 2004

  • Its surface is probably about 400 degrees Fahrenheit, twice as hot as any earthly organism - like the creatures called extremophiles that astrobiologists find in geysers and deep, hot mines - could survive.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • But we now know that some organisms -- called extremophiles - not only survive, but thrive in these intense environments, such as in Yellowstone National Park's hot springs and in volcanic vents on the ocean floor called black smokers, which release hot water and molten rock.


  • Astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center, Rothschild specializes in using molecular techniques and field work to study the interactions of organisms, known as extremophiles that have adapted to survive the harshest environments on earth.

    Marketwire - Breaking News Releases

  • Even the most unlikely places where temperatures may be extreme, or where there may be a high concentration of toxic chemicals have bacteria - these are known as extremophiles (an extremophile is any organism adapted to living in conditions of extreme temperature, pressure, or/and chemical concentrations) - these bacteria can survive where no other organism can.

    Medlogs - Recent stories


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