Evidence is indicating that the elements within the periodic table not only act as building blocks for life, but also appear to exist as an open source for life to borrow from, or adapt with. Many species that fit this model have recently been identified. IAR is working to determine if at least one organism exists for each of the 118 elements. The organisms discovered to be part of this order display genetic adaptations allowing them to adopt and incorporate the elements with their natural behavior- an excellent example of accelerated natural selection. But is this really natural?
The discovery of these adaptations is especially curious in the cases of elements thought only to exist for fractions of a second under specific laboratory conditions. Some of the species suspected to be among this group are showing rapid adaptations, while others are revealing ancient mysteries of the ocean depths. IAR is part of an ongoing study to survey this rare fauna.