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Unformatted text preview: 5. This is an open-ended question. Possible answers depend on the assumptions you make about the parameters for life. General possibilities: the presence of complex molecules that are unstable under the ambient redox conditions; reproduction in the presence of an energy source (light, food); a heat-destructible catalytic system (but note the problem with the last test in the Viking missions). More Earth-life-specific tests could look for RNA, DNA, proteins....
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This note was uploaded on 06/18/2010 for the course BIS 103 taught by Professor Abel during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.
- Spring '08