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Biosignatures in the solar system

Slade, David; Price, Alex; Hamp, Rachael and Ramkissoon, Nisha (2018). Biosignatures in the solar system. The Biochemist, 40(6) pp. 6–9.

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Humanity's interest in whether or not we are alone in the universe spans generations, from Giordano Bruno's 16th century musings on other worlds and Giovanni Schiaparelli reporting seeing ‘canali’ in 1877 on the surface of Mars (which were thought to have been created by intelligent life) to alien invasions portrayed in today's movies. However, it is still unclear if other planetary bodies are capable of supporting life.
In the search for life there are two broad areas we look into, the requirements of life and actual signs of life. The identification of the key requirements for life enables scientists to focus life detection efforts onto planets and satellites that are considered habitable and more likely to support life. However, our ability to find life or detect signs of life is based on our understanding of life on Earth.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISSN: 1740-1194
Keywords: General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
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Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 08:29
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2019 16:12
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