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Epilogue

  • Koki Horikoshi
  • Alan T. Bull
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If it be true that good wine needs no bush, ‘tis true that a good play needs no epilogue. Yet to good wine they do use good bushes, and good plays prove the better by the help of good epilogues.

William Shakespeare: As You Like It. Epilogue

About 50 years ago, few microbiologists were studying microorganisms living in extreme environments. Almost all microbiologists had thought that these environments were abnormal, within which living creatures could not survive. No one conjectured that there were many microorganisms loving exotic and extreme environments while the expectation of an Extremophiles Handbook was remote if not the product of science fiction. Now, we cannot discuss biology, especially microbiology, without the knowledge of and reference to extremophiles. As the reader can see in this handbook, extremophiles have been found everywhere on Earth, and clearly they are not exotic! So now the question arises what we are going to do next?

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Keywords

Science Fiction Ocean Drill Program Deep Subsurface Standard Life Good Play 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)YokosukaJapan
  2. 2.School of BiosciencesUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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