Feeling the Heat: The Surprisingly Simple Environmental Factor Controlling Biology

Being alive is a constant challenge. You have to find food, nutrients, and energy; you have to outcompete at least some of your pushy neighbors; you have to avoid being someone else’s lunch; and you have to deal with environmental challenges like radiation or toxic chemicals.

Some of these obstacles are more challenging than others, disproportionately affecting an organism’s genome, physical distribution, and metabolic activity. And while things like food source or antibiotic resistan

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