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Archaebacteria Examples: Methanopyrus Picrophilius Halococcus Characteristics: Extremophiles = organisms that can survive extreme environments o Simulations of previous,

ous, ancient environments o Thermophile = heat-lover o Acidophile = acid-lover o Halophile = salt-lover o Cryophile = cold-lover No peptidoglycan in cell wall Does not photosynthesize Methods of reproduction: Binary fission = copy single, original chromosome; cell splits into two Ecological role: Produces methane during process of methanogenesis Methane-producing archea live in digestive tracts of other organisms Anaerobic and aerobic environments Connection of human health: Contains enzymes for many processes like DNA analysis and diagnosing diseases