Tiny Organisms in Earth’s Most Unlivable Places May Help Us Find Alien Life

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“I really set myself up for failure here, but okay,” Luke McKay says jokingly.

I had asked the scientist how he would explain his work to a child. McKay is an astrobiologist and a microbial ecologist. The 35-year-old Alabamian studies microbes: diverse life forms that exist invisible to the naked eye. Over the past several years, McKay has trekked across the globe probing colonies of microscopic extremophiles, or unique organisms that thrive in Earth’s least habitable places:


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