Astrobiology (general)

December 2006 Issue of Astrobiology (Journal) Online

By Keith Cowing
December 12, 2006

Astrobiology December 2006 Issue – Portable Analyzer Is Powerful Tool for Detecting Biomarkers of Life on Mars, Astrobiology

The Mars Organic Analyzer (MOA) can detect a much broader spectrum of organic compounds than was previously possible, and these could serve as key biomarkers of extinct or existing life on Mars.

Astrobiology is the leading peer-reviewed journal in its field. To promote this developing field, the Journal has teamed up with The Astrobiology Web to highlight one outstanding paper per issue of Astrobiology. This paper is available free online at and to visitors of The Astrobiology Web.

  • Life Up North: Meeting Report: Nordic Astrobiology 2006: Origins & Distribution of Life in the Universe
  • Methane Production by Methanogens Following an Aerobic Washing Procedure: Simplifying Methods for Manipulation
  • Application of the Mars Organic Analyzer to Nucleobase and Amine Biomarker Detection
  • Chemical Mapping of Proterozoic Organic Matter at Submicron Spatial Resolution
  • Exposure of Arabidopsis thaliana to Hypobaric Environments: Implications for Low-Pressure Bioregenerative Life Support Systems for Human Exploration Missions and Terraforming on Mars
  • An Examination of the Carbon Isotope Effects Associated with Amino Acid Biosynthesis
  • Detectability of Planetary Characteristics in Disk-Averaged Spectra II: Synthetic Spectra and Light-Curves of Earth
  • Search for Extraterrestrial Life Using Chiral Molecules: Mandelate Racemase as a Test Case
  • Was Earth Ever Infected by Martian Biota? Clues from Radioresistant Bacteria
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