At the bottom of the world, a handful of very cold researchers risked freezing their pipettes off trying to understand what makes some of the hardiest bugs on earth tick.

During a two-week mission to Antarctica’s Dry Valley, a desolate expanse of jagged rocks and frozen earth that occupies one of the few spaces on that continent not covered by ice, four scientists sought to study the few microorganisms that comfortably exist there.

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