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Martian Life Could Be a Biotech Bonanza

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Mars water

The water represented by the dark streaks on this image from NASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter would have to be loaded with salt, but so-called halophilic organisms can handle extreme salinity on Earth.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

When NASA scientists announced that instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter sensed signs of liquid water seeping on the Martian surface, they meant a solution salty enough to kill most living things on Earth.

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