These Mystery Snails with Iron Shells Can Survive in White-hot Volcanoes

These Mystery Snails with Iron Shells Can Survive in White-hot Volcanoes

The mystery of the volcano-dwelling snail and its iron shell has been unwound by researchers after its genome was decoded.

The scaly foot snail makes due to what scientists have called the incomprehensible living environments of submerged volcanic vents. Suffering searing temperatures, high weight, solid causticity and low oxygen, it is the main living animal known to join iron into its skeleton.

Examining it will uncover the insider facts of how early life advanced, researchers trust, just as opening its “tremendous potential” for medication and different applications. Presently a group at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has made a discovery, deciphering its genome just because.

Among their revelations was a hereditary piece of information about the snail’s metal protective layer, which was uncovered by contrasting two populaces: one from an iron-rich condition and another from an iron-poor one. Researchers accept this resistance empowers the snails to get by as the iron particles in their condition respond with the sulfur in their scales, making iron sulfides.

Since this occurs at fundamentally lower temperatures than in a lab, the examination could even have industrial applications.

Jessica Blair

Jessica Blair is the lead editor of Weird News Ledger. Before joining Weird News Ledger, Jessica worked as a national political reporter for Postmedia News. She has covered many political events on and off since 2006, writing for Sun Media, and producing for CTV and for CBC.

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