Record thermophile, with references

Brian Davis quark at umich.edu
Tue Apr 7 10:02:52 EST 1998


Fred & Rachel Brusseau wrote:

> Could there be a unit problem?
> 248 ° F = 120 ° C
> 343 ° F = 172.2 ° C

   Good guess, but no. The original article [1] was refuted a short time
later, and it appears an earlier poster was correct - this is just to
nifty a fact to be put down by factual observation ;-). The first
refutation [2] is informative, but not the last word either.

[1] Baross & Deming, "Growth of 'Black Smoker' Bacteria at 
    Temperatures of at Least 250 deg-C", Nature v303 2 Jun 1983 p423
[2] Trent, Chastain, & Yayanos, "Possible Artifactual Basis for 
    Apparent Bacterial Growth at 250 deg-C", Nature V307 23 Feb 1984 
    p737
                                             -Brian Davis



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