Life at the dry edge: microorganisms of the Atacama Desert.

  title={Life at the dry edge: microorganisms of the Atacama Desert.},
  author={Armando Az{\'u}a-Bustos and Catalina Urrejola and R. Vicu{\~n}a},
  journal={FEBS letters},
  volume={586 18},
The Atacama Desert, located in northern Chile, is the driest and oldest desert on Earth. Research aimed at the understanding of this unique habitat and its diverse microbial ecosystems begun only a few decades ago, mainly driven by NASA's astrobiology program. A milestone in these efforts was a paper published in 2003, when the Atacama was shown to be a proper model of Mars. From then on, studies have been focused to examine every possible niche suitable for microbial life in this extreme… CONTINUE READING

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