Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas

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University of California Press, 5 jan. 2009 - 422 sidor
Alien Ocean immerses readers in worlds being newly explored by marine biologists, worlds usually out of sight and reach: the deep sea, the microscopic realm, and oceans beyond national boundaries. Working alongside scientists at sea and in labs in Monterey Bay, Hawai'i, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Sargasso Sea and at undersea volcanoes in the eastern Pacific, Stefan Helmreich charts how revolutions in genomics, bioinformatics, and remote sensing have pressed marine biologists to see the sea as animated by its smallest inhabitants: marine microbes. Thriving in astonishingly extreme conditions, such microbes have become key figures in scientific and public debates about the origin of life, climate change, biotechnology, and even the possibility of life on other worlds.
 

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LIFE AT SEA
1
MAKING MEANING OUT OF MICROBES IN MONTEREY BAY
31
ALIEN KINSHIP AT HYDROTHERMAL VENTS
68
MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY IN HAWAII
106
MIXING UP NATURE AND CULTURE IN OCEAN OAHU
145
HOW THE OCEAN GOT ITS GENOME
171
TRANSDUCTIVE ETHNOGRAPHY AT THE SEAFLOOR JUAN DE FUCA RIDGE
212
ASTROBIOLOGY AND THE NATURE OF ALIEN LIFE
250
Notes
285
Bibliography
329
Index
365
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Stefan Helmreich is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World (UC Press).

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