Size Limits of Very Small Microorganisms Proceedings of a Workshop

Space Studies Board, Mathematics Commission on Physical Sciences, National Research Council, The National Academy of Sciences

This National Academy of Sciences web page provides links to discussions and papers regarding whether or not nanobacteria may be considered life forms based on size constraints. The papers and discussions follow a two-day workshop involving four panel discussions held in October of 1998. In addition to papers and discussions, the site includes links to an overview of the workshop’s goals and an image version of the report.

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Subject: Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Astrobiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Collection
Grade Level: General Public, Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Topics: Biosphere:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy, Biosphere:Biogeochemistry
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Mineralogy, BiogeoscienceKeyword: Nannobacteria