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Russia finds 'new bacteria' in Antarctic lake

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:34 PM

Russian scientists believe they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday.

The samples obtained from the underground lake in May 2012 contained a bacteria which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei Bulat of the genetics laboratory at the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics.

"After putting aside all possible elements of contamination, DNA was found that did not coincide with any of the well-known types in the global database," he said. "We are calling this life form unclassified and unidentified," he added.

http://phys.org/news...rctic-lake.html

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:24 PM

Que Zombie apoclypse. :D


I bet that lake has many more mysteries to be found.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:03 PM

I'm not buying that old line again ... it's very old bacteria frozen in ice a long time ago

Russkies think they can pull another fast one over our eyes eh ?

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:09 PM

View PostGrey14, on 07 March 2013 - 10:24 PM, said:

Que Zombie apoclypse. :D

That was my first thought as well. lol

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:00 AM

Wait until they dig up one that kills us all.  Posted Image


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:18 AM

Uh...dunno, maybe it's better left alone where it is? Just a thought.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:23 PM

Not a zombie apocalypse..cue John Carpenter's "The Thing"....*shudder*


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:24 PM

I agree with most here what if they dig out some sort of a prehistoric virus what then ? I hope they are handling that stuff with great caution!

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:38 PM

I have posted about it in a reply to a similar, earlier find posted on UM, but they have already found bacteria (spores) in ancient salt deposits of more than 600 million years old. And these dormant spores were brought back to life, and that was in the 70's of the past century.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:45 PM

The Russians are to be congratulated.  This could add a lot to our knowledge.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:17 PM

Yes the Russians have added greatly to our knowledge of life on Earth with this discovery of this bacteria find.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:31 PM

Oh sweet!!! But come on... Why do the russians always add a twist?


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:31 PM

better tasting cheese ... yumm

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:41 PM

They better start figuring out how to make an antibiotic that will kill a primitive bacteria like that. Once all that ice melts, it's only a matter of time before we are infected.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:45 PM

View PostAbramelin, on 08 March 2013 - 01:38 PM, said:

I have posted about it in a reply to a similar, earlier find posted on UM, but they have already found bacteria (spores) in ancient salt deposits of more than 600 million years old. And these dormant spores were brought back to life, and that was in the 70's of the past century.

We're still here.

It's like driving at a high speed, you may be done it numerous of times prior and survived. But all it takes is 1 time to crash and die. Same goes for ancient bacteria, may have found numerous of them before but all it takes is unearthing one that could wipe us out.

But hey what's life without a little danger :)






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