What is it about?
ThermoBase was created in order to simplify and jumpstart the study of thermophiles, or heat-loving organisms. These are microbes that live in seemingly inhospitable environments such as boiling hot springs or deep sea vents. This database is the first of its kind: a web-based and freely available spreadsheet which currently houses comprehensive descriptions for all known heat-loving organisms. Users are able to filter and sort over 23 characteristics from optimal living conditions to metabolism in order to generate new research questions and new hypotheses.
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Why is it important?
Thermophiles, or heat-loving organisms, are an important field of study for several reasons. Not only can their heat tolerance be used in industrial processes, but these qualities also offer insight into the most extreme environments which can support life. This information is useful as improved telescopes discover new worlds which could possibly harbor living organisms. In addition, it is hypothesized that life first began in extremely hot environments. Therefore, the study of these present-day microbes can serve as a window into the past and possibly the earliest forms of life. ThermoBase is the first complete database of all known thermophiles with information on their optimal living conditions, metabolism, and more which will streamline research on these organisms.
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ThermoBase reports taxonomic, metabolic, environmental, and physiological information in addition to literature resources. This includes unique parameters such as ion for chemiosmosis, optimal pH and range, optimal temperature and range, optimal pressure, and optimal salinity. The database interface is also designed to allow for user-friendly search features, sorting, and filtering of qualitative and qualitative parameters. As such, it is the goal of ThermoBase to facilitate and expedite hypothesis generation, literature research, and understanding relating to thermophiles and hyperthermophiles within the scientific community in an accessible and centralized repository.
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