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Search for living cells in stratospheric samples

Narlikar, J. V., Ramadurai, S., Bhargava, Pushpa, Damle, S. V., Wickramasinghe, N. C., Lloyd, David, Hoyle, F. and Wallis, D. H. 1998. Search for living cells in stratospheric samples. Presented at: SPIE's International Symposium on Optical Science, Engineering, and Instrumentation, 19-24 Jul 1998. Published in: Hoover, Richard B. ed. Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology. Proceedings Bellingham, WA: Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), pp. 301-305. 10.1117/12.319844

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Air samples are to be collected at various altitude sin the stratosphere using balloons flown form Hyderabad, India. The samples will be passed through sterile micropore filters, after which the filters will be analyzed using voltage sensitive lipophilic dyes to detect the presence of either active or non-active cells. Organisms detected in this manner will be studied using static mass spectroscopy to establish isotropic ratios 13C/12C and D/H, which would distinguish between terrestrial and extraterrestrial cells.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
ISSN: 0277-786X
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2020 10:45

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