A Model for Extraterrestrial Life?

What’s the like­li­hood that we’ll ever find extrater­res­tri­al life? Many sci­en­tists would argue that the chances are slim. When you get down to basic essen­tials, you need water and mod­er­ate tem­per­a­tures for life to take off. And it’s unlike­ly that these con­di­tions exist beyond our plan­et. That’s the basic argu­ment. But now Dr Alan Tun­na­cliffe, an award-win­ning researcher at Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty’s Insti­tute of Biotech­nol­o­gy, steps in and tells you about rotifers, tiny ani­mals that can with­stand extreme tem­per­a­tures and sur­vive in almost water­less con­di­tions. It’s an intrigu­ing five min­utes of video that will get you think­ing about the pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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