A non-earthcentric approach to life detection.

@article{Conrad2001ANA,
  title={A non-earthcentric approach to life detection.},
  author={Pamela G. Conrad and Kenneth H Nealson},
  journal={Astrobiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={1 1},
  pages={15-24}
}
The ultimate goal of a comprehensive life detection strategy is never to miss life when we encounter it. To accomplish this goal, we must define life in universal, that is, non-Earthcentric, measurable terms. Next, we must understand the nature of biosignatures observed from the measured parameters of life. And finally, we must have a clear idea of the end-member states for the search--what does life, past life, or no life look like (in terms of the measured parameters) at multiple spatial and… CONTINUE READING
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