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Astrobiology: Physical Origin, Biological Evolution and Spatial Distribution
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Editors: Simon Hegedûs and Jakob Csonka
Book Description:
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. This book offers an analysis undertaken from the perspective of science education, to discuss the nature of the particular challenges faced by those seeking to facilitate public education in the field of astrobiology. The authors also address the question of the formation of a protocell and its function at the system level. It will further deal with the environmental pressures likely present on the early Earth, as they would have influenced the lifetime of unstable or reactive components needed for the start of life. In addition, the method of the transition from prebiotic organic microsystems to the primordial communities of prokaryotes is explored. The authors also explain some aspects related to aqueous interfacial processes in the context of prebiotic chemistry under the point of view of our current experimental results. Moreover, there is considerable interest in astrobiology in investigating icy worlds and the microbial forms that thrive in extreme environments, especially under those cold conditions that can provide a model for some extraterrestrial environments. This book reviews the general trends concerning the biodiversity and ecology of psychrophilic microorganisms and their molecular mechanisms of adaptation and evolution, as well as summarize the latest results on this topic in samples from icy environments. Other chapters summarize the morphological signatures of flowing water, the astrobiological potential of the dunes, and the theoretical modelling background of the presence of liquid water on Mars today.

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Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Learning about Astrobiology: A Challenge for the Public Understanding of Science, pp. 1-25
(Dr. Keith S. Taber, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK)

Chapter 2. Water Interfacial Processes in Prebiotic Chemistry, pp. 27-57
(Marta Ruiz-Bermejo, César Menor-Salván, María-Paz Zorzano, Zoubir El-Hachemi, Susana Osuna-Esteban, Sabino Veintemillas-Verdaguer, Centro de Astrobiología, (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (CSIC-INTA), Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain)

Chapter 3. Integration of Primitive Metabolic, Genetic, and Structural Protocell Components under Simulated Early Earth Conditions, pp. 59-79
(S.E. Maurer, P.A. Monnard, FLinT Center, Institute of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark, Odense M, Denmark, and others)

Chapter 4. Microbial Evolution and Adaptation in Icy Worlds, pp. 81-95
(Alberto Alcazar, Laura Garcia-Descalzo, Cristina Cid, Department of Investigation, Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Madrid, Spain, and others)

Chapter 5. Seepages and the Astrobiological Potential of Polar Dunes on Mars, pp. 97-113
(A.Kereszturi, D. Möhlmann, Sz. Berczi, T. Ganti, A. Horvath, A. Kuti, A. Sik, Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest, Hungary, and others)

Chapter 6. Prehistory of the Initial Microbial Communities: The Way from Abiotic Organic Microsystems to Prokaryotic Cells, pp. 115-130
(Vladimir Kompanichenko, Institute for Complex Analysis, Birobidzhan, Russia)

Chapter 7. Visualization in the Education of Astrobiology, pp. 131-141
(Akos Kereszturi, Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study, Hungarian Astronomical Association, Budapest, Hungary)

Chapter 8. The Search for Life on Mars: Raman Spectroscopy and Analytical Astrobiology, pp. 143-192
(Howell G.M. Edwards, Michael D. Hargreaves, Centre for Astrobiology and Extremophiles Research, Raman Spectroscopy Group, Division of Chemical and Forensic Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Bradford, UK)*

Chapter 9. Europa: New Horizons for Astrobiology, pp. 193-204
(Esther Velasco, Guillermo Caravantes, Beatriz Gomez-Izquierdo, Alberto Rodriquez, Javier Ruiz, Centro de Biologia Molecular, CSIC-Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, and others)*


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   Pub. Date: 2010
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   ISBN: 978-1-60741-290-8
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