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Terraforming Mars With Microbes

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Using new advances in synthetic biology and our updated understanding of Martian geochemical conditions, we should be able to inoculate the planet Mars with specially designed extremophilic microbes in an attempt to start (or re-start) life on its surface. This could be the largest and most audacious scientific experiment ever undertaken, aimed at one of the greatest puzzles in biology: how does life evolve on a planet? In so doing, the microbial pioneers we launch could pave the way for future human colonization of Mars and beyond.

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