What Are Thermophilic Microorganisms?

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Thermophilic microorganisms are a type of extremophile that can thrive in extremely hot temperatures. Find out about thermophilic microorganisms with help from an experienced science professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Michael Maidaa. And this is what are thermophilic microorganisms. Well, thermophilic microorganisms are a type of extremophile that can thrive in extremely hot temperatures. For example, they can live in up to 113 to 252 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermophiles, this is an extremely hot temperature. So what allows them to live in these extremely high temperatures? They have very specific enzymes that are able to function at these extremely high temperatures. That most other organisms, their enzymes would not be functionable. So where do these thermophiles live? They live in all sorts of places around the world. Some of the common places are hot springs, such as in Yellow Stone or deep sea thermal vents. So to recap, we're talking about thermophilic microorganisms. They live in extremely high temperatures, ranging from a 113 to 252 degrees Fahrenheit. And they can do this because they have enzymes that can function at these extremely high temperatures. Some of the places they live are hot springs and deep sea vents. However they occur in all places throughout the world. I'm Michael Maidaa and this has been what are thermophilic microorganisms.

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