2008 Annual Science Report

Pennsylvania State University Reporting  |  JUL 2007 – JUN 2008

Molecular Signatures of Life on the Edge (DDF Project)

Project Summary

We have investigated the Dead Sea, as a possible analog of early Mars environments — slightly acidic and highly saline. We have used metagenomics, lipid analysis, and amino acid analysis.

4 Institutions
3 Teams
0 Publications
0 Field Sites
Field Sites

Project Progress

We have moved forward on field work first. We have also completed half of our metagenomics sequencing including half of a 454 plate for the modern Dead Sea, half of a plate from the 1992 Dead Sea. We also have amino acid analysis and lipid analysis.