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New life form discovered in Lake Vostok

Posted on Friday, 8 March, 2013 | Comment icon 28 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Russian scientists have uncovered a completely new type of bacteria in the subglacial Antarctic lake.

The team had been studying Lake Vostok, the largest freshwater lake in Antarctica, to determine what life (if any) could be found there given that it has been cut off from the outside world for upwards of half a million years. Samples retrieved from the lake indicated that bacteria was indeed present in the lake, but further study soon revealed something else - an unclassified and unidentified life form.

"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," said geneticist Sergei Bulat. "If this had been found on Mars everyone would have undoubtedly said there is life on Mars. But this is bacteria from Earth."

"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."

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Comment icon #19 Posted by praetorian-legio XIII on 8 March, 2013, 22:06
And once infected, zombie time!
Comment icon #20 Posted by 27vet on 8 March, 2013, 22:09
Well the tardigrade can live in that environment, so we can expect other organisms to be there.
Comment icon #21 Posted by evancj on 8 March, 2013, 23:12
With all the junk science I've seen coming out of Russia lately it's hard for me to take this seriously. Time will tell.
Comment icon #22 Posted by ~C.S.M~ on 9 March, 2013, 3:24
Obviously im the only one who think Its more likely that modern bacterias will wipe that new found "lifeform" away. We should protect and preserve it.
Comment icon #23 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 9 March, 2013, 15:01
thats a virus lol
Comment icon #24 Posted by Frank Merton on 9 March, 2013, 15:15
I can't imagine how something that evolved to survive in that environment could be able to infect us. Get real.
Comment icon #25 Posted by bmk1245 on 9 March, 2013, 17:55
False alarm:
Comment icon #26 Posted by Sundew on 10 March, 2013, 1:56
Many extremophile organisms have been discovered and none, so far as I can tell, have wrought havoc on their less specialized counterparts. I would think any organism from the lake would have trouble handling even moderately warm temperatures, just as an example, and might also find life difficult on the surface form solar radiation, high oxygen, etc.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Kludge808 on 10 March, 2013, 9:07
No, no! It's a cover up orchestrated by the Alien Shadow Government to hide the fact that They were here first. It's part of the World Wide Conspiracy to keep us all in a mushroom-like state in regards to ... well, about everything. Like what really happens at Groom Lake and why Hanger 18 at Wright-Patt was torn down. And why Lucy kept pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. It's symbolic, of course. like so much else in that strip. Deeply symbolic of many things like the Holy Grail and why toast always lands butter side down. Anyway, don't fall for that "only ... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by bmk1245 on 10 March, 2013, 20:10
Damn, I'm under mind control - forgot about evil Alien Shadow Government...

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