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Desert Research Institute Hosts A Scientific Journey

Can a microbe that lives deep underground teach us about life on other planets? That’s one of the questions facing a team of researchers at the Desert Research Institute.

Microbes make up the vast majority of all life on Earth, yet researchers can only grow about one percent of them in the laboratory. The remaining unknown majority of microbes may hold many breakthrough answers, including to the origins of life.

Scott Hamilton-Brehm is a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry at the Desert Research Institute and he is studying microbes that live in boiling springs deep underground throughout Nevada. Hamilton-Brehm will host two lectures in Henderson tonight and Thursday to discuss what he’s found and why his research is crucial to understanding human life and the search for life in space.

Both lectures are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tonight, Hamilton-Brehm will be at the Paseo Verde Library and on Thursday, he will host a lecture at the Gibson Library.

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Scott Hamilton-Brehm, postdoctoral fellow in Biochemistry at the Desert Research Institute

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