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Science Saturday - Rocket Fuel Bugs

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"What's for dinner?" asks Archaea.  Rocket Fuel!  Some deep sea microbes thrive on perchlorate, a major ingredient in rocket fuel.  Scientists in Netherlands studying these microbes discovered their ability to consume perchlorate.  Among the most commonly seen and studied Archaea is Archaeoglobus fulgidus. It lives in ocean vents and hot springs all over the planet and breathes sulfer instead of oxygen.  Perchlorate is also a chemical found on Mars.   This unique diet may resemble creatures from the earliest times on earth.   

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