Friday 8 March 2013

new life found in antarctic lake

Antarctic Lake Vostok yields 'new bacterial life'
By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website

Russian scientists have claimed the discovery of a new type of bacterial life in water from a buried Antarctic lake.The researchers have been studying samples brought up from Vostok - the largest subglacial lake in Antarctica.Last year, the team drilled through almost 4km (2.34 miles) of ice to reach the lake and retrieve samples.Vostok is thought to have been cut off from the surface for millions of years.This has raised the possibility that such isolated bodies of water might host microbial life forms new to science.

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