National Geographic

Champions of the Cold: My New Story on Life That Thrives At Low Temperatures

I’m no fan of the cold, so it’s remarkable to me that there are so many species that can thrive at temperatures that would kill me from hypothermia. At Nova Next, I’ve written a feature about these so-called psychrophiles. I take a look at the biochemical secrets to survival at sub-zero temperatures, what psychrophiles can tell us about life on other chilly planets, and how biotechnology might harness their remarkable proteins for all sorts of applications. Check it out.

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