Life Unknown: Preliminary Scheme for a Magnetotrophic Organism

dc.contributor.authorSchulze-Makuch, Dirk
dc.contributor.authorIrwin, Louis N.
dc.date.accessioned2023-07-21T11:48:16Z
dc.date.available2023-07-21T11:48:16Z
dc.date.issued2023-06-26
dc.date.updated2023-07-19T08:28:20Z
dc.description.abstractNo magnetotrophic organism on Earth is known to use magnetic fields as an energy source or the storage of information. However, a broad diversity of life forms is sensitive to magnetic fields and employs them for orientation and navigation, among other purposes. If the magnetic field strength were much larger, such as that on planets around neutron stars or magnetars, metabolic energy could be obtained from these magnetic fields in principle. Here, we introduce three hypothetical models of magnetotrophic organisms that obtain energy via the Lorentz force. Even if an organism uses magnetic fields only as an energy source, but otherwise is relying on biochemistry, this organism would be by definition a magnetotrophic form of life as we do not know it.en
dc.identifier.eissn2075-1729
dc.identifier.urihttps://depositonce.tu-berlin.de/handle/11303/19584
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-18383
dc.language.isoen
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject.ddc500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik::520 Astronomie::520 Astronomie und zugeordnete Wissenschaften
dc.subject.othermagnetotroph
dc.subject.otherlife as we do not know it
dc.subject.othermetabolism
dc.subject.otherextremophile
dc.titleLife Unknown: Preliminary Scheme for a Magnetotrophic Organism
dc.typeArticle
dc.type.versionpublishedVersion
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.articlenumber1446
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.doi10.3390/life13071446
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.issue7
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.journaltitleLife
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublishernameMDPI
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceBasel
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.volume13
dcterms.rightsHolder.referenceCreative-Commons-Lizenz
tub.accessrights.dnbfree
tub.affiliationFak. 2 Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften::Zentrum für Astronomie und Astrophysik::AG Astrobiologie
tub.publisher.universityorinstitutionTechnische Universität Berlin

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