Study: Early life form capable of processing chemicals for energy

04/5/2013 | LiveScience.com

Archaeoglobus fulgidus microbes, an ancient life form, is capable of metabolizing chemicals for energy, which can help scientists understand the history and evolution of the Earth's earliest creatures. In particular, the microbe, which exists in extreme temperatures such as hot hydrothermal vents, can process perchlorate, an ingredient in rocket fuel. "The use of perchlorate by early ancestral microbes might thus have been one of the first entries of highly oxidative compounds in the microbial metabolism, probably even before photosynthesis evolved," said Martin Liebensteiner, a doctoral student and the study's lead author.

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