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Unformatted text preview: knowledge to point us in the right direction. We may make the wrong decisions using this method, but we also cannot rely on trying to find a needle in a haystack. Researchers have found that extremophiles thrive in very harsh environments. Different species can deal with extreme heat, cold, acidity or basic conditions. We do not know very many specifics yet, but scientists have already begun using the enzymes of the extremophiles for processes that involve refrigeration or hot areas. One very important use of these “extremozymes” is for the polymerase chain reaction, which can now be done at a higher temperature in a shorter amount of time. This is a very important scientific discovery because it leads to improved technology, which will help expand our knowledge and lead to future discoveries....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course BIOS 120 taught by Professor Cundall during the Fall '06 term at Lehigh University .
- Fall '06