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How animals in the hydrothermal vent can live with the high temperature.

Paul F. Dietz dietz at interaccess.com
Fri Mar 29 16:10:21 EST 2002


"Davin C. Enigl" wrote:

> Yet, I read prions survive 1000C for 1 hour, and higher temperatures
> that would normaly "ash" naked amino acids.

I seriously doubt prions survive unchanged for 1 hour at 1000 C.
Perhaps they get converted to a carbonized nanolump that
has a similar shape and can initiate the same conformational
chain reaction in the affected proteins.

	Paul




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