reply to post by Senduko
DNA, is found in almost all things on Earth. Virus' inject their DNA in host cells, which causes the host cell to produce more virus cells.
Basically DNA is the blueprint for a living organism. This is sort of the concept behind cloning. We place the DNA we wish to clone, inside a living
cell at the right stage and that cell will grow what the DNA tells it too. It's pretty weird/fascinating when you think about it.
As far as this being "alien", Alien simply means
1. Owing political allegiance to another country or government; foreign: alien residents.
2. Belonging to, characteristic of, or constituting another and very different place, society, or person; strange. See Synonyms at foreign.
3. Dissimilar, inconsistent, or opposed, as in nature: emotions alien to her temperament.
1. An unnaturalized foreign resident of a country. Also called noncitizen.
2. A person from another and very different family, people, or place.
3. A person who is not included in a group; an outsider.
4. A creature from outer space: a story about an invasion of aliens.
5. Ecology An organism, especially a plant or animal, that occurs in or is naturalized in a region to which it is not native.
Now in this case, 1 is out of the question. Bacteria can not have an allegiance to another country or government.
2 could apply, but this sort of describes human characteristics
3 we could use this one I suppose, it's dissimilar to things we are used to, but at the same time there are plenty of other
living on Earth that share characteristics with the new bacteria.
N1 It's not an unnaturalized resident. It lives at the bottom of the ice in a lake, it's home.
N2 It's not a person, but it's from a family of bacteria on Earth known as Extremophiles. Organisms that live in the most extreme conditions on
earth ie:high acidity beyond the survivability of other creatures, Extreme heat, or Extreme cold, 0 oxygen environments etc.
N3 no, it is included in a group, as far as a name and subclass thus far it is unnamed.
N4 Who says it's from outer space? It was found under several miles of glacial ice. With this Jump the gun logic we can also assume, some where in
history everything on earth is from outer space. We have no way of knowing whether or not this bacterium is from Earth or space, my money is on it
developing here on Earth, perhaps even under the ice itself.
N5 Okay, this one applies to ecology. IF this bacteria is found to exist else where on the planet, and it was some how introduced to the sub glacial
lake, then it could be considered alien to that specific lake. Say we find out this organism exists in Ocean water, or subterranean water ways, and
some how made it's way under the ice, into lake vostok. ONLY then will it be an alien using this definition.
I've been very excited since this drilling project hit the news! I sadly thought we would have heard something much sooner than we had, how ever the
wait was totally worth it. WOW, Miles under the ice, in sub zero water. No sunlight, no oxygen(that we know of yet) There is life. I've really
curious as to what class this bacterium will fall. How does it produce it's energy? What does it feed on?
At this point my guess is it's some type of chemotroph likely getting it's energy from different chemicals released by the sub glacial sea bed, or
trapped in the ice. It could also consume minerals released by the movements of the glacial sheet on the sea floor beneath Antarctica. How ever most
chemotrophs need some form of oxidation to extract energy from the chemicals they consume. So if there is absolutely no oxygen down there, I'm even
more curious. Does this bacteria run on a process unlike any other known on Earth? Even if the bacteria is found to consume organic matter, I doubt
penguin turd can get through miles of glacial ice to the lake, so something else HAS to be there if that is the case. Awesome stuff. Very excited to
Nice article OP !!