MSU scientists’ discovery in Yellowstone ‘extremely relevant’ to origin of life

Professor William Inskeep and his team of researchers published their findingsin the scientific journal Nature Microbiology

Undergraduate course:
'Extreme Microbiology in Yellowstone'   

NatGeo SupervolcanoYellowstone's Supervolcano

NatGeo features an inside look of this spectacular view underneath the Yellowstone caldera.

Watch Inside Yellowstone's Supervolcano!


A thermophile is a microscopic organism that thrives at relatively high temperatures, usually between 45 and 122° C. The Thermal Biology Institute at MSU is dedicated to studying the unique and diverse thermophiles found in Yellowstone National Park; uncovering their unusual adaptions to life in environments of extreme heat, pH and toxicity, and using what we learn about these microbes to advance fundamental and applied research in host of important research areas spanning alternative energy, medicine, ecology and agriculture, just to name a few. Read more about thermophiles


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Modern crime solving techniques and the science behind unraveling the riddles of genetic diseases, along with many other significant scientific advances, are due to the discovery of a certain thermophile in Yellowstone National Park. Read more Yellowstone discoveries