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Xerophiles on Mars: Possible Evolutionary Strategies Using Hydrogen Peroxide and Perchlorates

  title={Xerophiles on Mars: Possible Evolutionary Strategies Using Hydrogen Peroxide and Perchlorates},
  author={Joop M. Houtkooper and Dirk Schulze‐Makuch},
Introduction: The Martian surface environment has been characterized as dry, cold and harsh with respect to various forms of radiation. Also, the thin Martian atmosphere does only contain trace amounts of oxygen. If organisms are present, these could be characterized as xerophiles, psychrophiles and anaerobes. We previously suggested the presence of microbial organisms on Mars that use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water as an intracellular solvent as an adaptation to the harsh Martian… 

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