Russian scientists are reporting to Russian State Media, RIA Novosti, that they found new signs of life after examining water samples from the subglacial Lake Vostok. They have been looking for the samples since Jan. 10, when they extracted an ice core from the area.
The researchers said that seven species of bacteria were found in the frozen water in 2012. The DNA match to any known organisms never went past 86 percent, so it is considered to be an unknown form of life. Anything under 90 percent is considered enough to designate a new species.
Originally posted by KamaSutra
New bacteria species, or a totally new DNA (or RNA)??
Andromeda strain! Are they callin it that? Should!
Originally posted by MysterX
Or it might do nothing negative at all. It might even do something positive.
Originally posted by littled16
reply to post by Shadoefax
Scientists, for all their knowledge and education, still haven't learned the simple lesson that the rest of us learn when we are still small children: Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean that you should do it!
Russia admits no new life form found in Antarctic lake
Sergei Bulat of the genetics laboratory at the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics had said Thursday that samples obtained from the underground Lake Vostok in May 2012 contained a bacteria bearing no resemblance to existing types. But the head of the genetics laboratory at the same institute said on Saturday that the strange life forms were in fact nothing but contaminants. "We found certain specimen, although not many. All of them were contaminants" that were brought there by the lab during research, Vladimir Korolyov told the Interfax news agency. "That is why we cannot say that previously-unknown life was found," he said. Lake Vostok is the largest subglacial lake in Antarctica and scientists have long wanted to study its eco-system. The Russian team last year drilled almost four kilometres (2.34 miles) to reach the lake and take the samples. Russia had been hoping to discover a new life form at the pristine site and the drilling was of major importance for the prestige to the country's science programme. Russian leader Vladimir Putin was even given a sample of Lake Vostok water after the drilling was performed. Read more at: phys.org...
Originally posted by HumansEh
If it wasn't for mankind's inate curiosity and willingness to try different stuff and look into the unknown, we would be still sitting in caves fearful of thunder and trepanning each other. And if your ancestors applied the same logic to sex you wouldn't exist at all.