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Is water always necessary for life?

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Water, water, everywhere…. what happens when you don’t stay hydrated?

Asked by: Sarah Hollis, Manchester


All known life needs liquid water to function properly. It’s essential in part because water is such a good solvent, readily dissolving and transporting nutrients across a wide range of temperatures. Its molecules also play a key role in ensuring proteins behave properly.

But some scientists suspect alien life may have evolved to exploit alternative chemicals like hydrocarbons capable of performing the same roles.

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Robert is a science writer and visiting professor of science at Aston University.


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