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Antarctic Lake Vostok yields 'new bacterial life'
bbc ^ | 7 March 2013 Last updated at 16:51 ET | Paul Rincon

Posted on 03/09/2013 4:22:52 PM PST by BenLurkin

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.

"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 Sergei Bulat, of the genetics laboratory at the St Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics.

"We are calling this life form unclassified and unidentified," he explained.

Dr Bulat added that close attention was focused on one particular form of bacteria whose DNA was less than 86% similar to previously existing forms.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: antarctic; antarctica; bacteriallife; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; godsgravesglyphs; lakevostok; panspermia; russia

1 posted on 03/09/2013 4:22:53 PM PST by BenLurkin
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What could go wrong?


2 posted on 03/09/2013 4:23:47 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Didn’t they just remake this movie?


3 posted on 03/09/2013 4:25:05 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: BenLurkin
What could go wrong?

Heheh.

This sounds like so much fun...no problem with bacteria that has been hidden for thousands if not millions of years.

Don't forget to wash your hands with an antibacterial soap.

4 posted on 03/09/2013 4:27:22 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
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To: BenLurkin

Here come the zombies.


5 posted on 03/09/2013 4:32:09 PM PST by SIDENET
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To: BenLurkin
whose DNA was less than 86% similar to previously existing forms.

Does it look like this?

6 posted on 03/09/2013 4:33:19 PM PST by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: BenLurkin

I thought the Algore envirowackos said there wasn’t any more ice on the poles.


7 posted on 03/09/2013 4:34:05 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

What do you expect after he announced the earth’s core is billions of degrees vs the sun at 27 million. The man is a freakin’ genius.


8 posted on 03/09/2013 4:39:28 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?)
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To: eyedigress

What I find hard to understand?

Usually by the age “boregore” has reached, particularly after dismal performances in advanced education, folks figure out that they aren’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Could “boregore” be so limited intellectually, that he doesn’t realize the average housewife is smarter than he is?

Not knocking the average housewife, because “I are one”, and I am definitely smarter than “boregore”.


9 posted on 03/09/2013 4:46:29 PM PST by jacquej
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To: BenLurkin

10 posted on 03/09/2013 4:48:56 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: BenLurkin

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks BenLurkin.

Another one about this was posted in the past week or so.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


11 posted on 03/09/2013 4:55:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: BenLurkin


12 posted on 03/09/2013 5:04:17 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Norm Lenhart

“Didn’t they just remake this movie?”

I think it was called, “The Thing”.


13 posted on 03/09/2013 5:09:38 PM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

Yup. That’s the one ;)


14 posted on 03/09/2013 5:12:19 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: JoeProBono

And Aliens vs. Predator....


15 posted on 03/09/2013 5:13:36 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: BenLurkin

Okay. So if you are a one-celled bacterium, you are alive. But if you are a human embryo, you are just a blob of tissue. Got it.


16 posted on 03/09/2013 5:33:39 PM PST by redhead (NO GROUND TO THE DEVIL! America needs our prayers.)
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To: BenLurkin

Wake me up when they find the second Stargate and the Ancient weapons.


17 posted on 03/09/2013 6:25:08 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: BenLurkin

I have little doubt we’ll find microbial life on Europa. Life will exist liquid water exists. We’ve been trying too hard to find life on Mars. Mars is a dry, frigid desert. No reason life should exist there. Let’s try Europa.


18 posted on 03/09/2013 6:25:36 PM PST by Drew68
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To: BenLurkin
Careful! There are still shoggoths down there! (My second H.P. Lovecraft reference today. Hmmmm....) :)
19 posted on 03/09/2013 6:34:07 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: BenLurkin

They should sell ice cubes and water from the lake to offset costs.


20 posted on 03/09/2013 7:09:48 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: BenLurkin

OK. I’m sorry. I really had to go. I thought a little pee in a great big lake wouldn’t hurt anything.


21 posted on 03/09/2013 7:41:52 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: BenLurkin

Was the bottom of the last ice core 1.) ice /rock or 2.) ice /water/rock?

If it was 2.) ice/water/rock then is there evidence that the water between the ice and the rock was moving? (Delta injected dyes, isotopes, etc. versus Time; or current meter.)


22 posted on 03/09/2013 8:51:49 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: BenLurkin
This has raised the possibility that such isolated bodies of water might host microbial life forms new to science.

It is entirely possible - - very possible - - that Lake Vostok has a wide variety of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures swimming around in there.

23 posted on 03/09/2013 8:54:06 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

ALWAYS been one of my all-time favorite movies.


24 posted on 03/09/2013 8:57:56 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: BenLurkin

The good google search is ‘lake vostok’ and ‘magnetic anomaly’. Something at one corner of that thing pegs magnetometers; the thing which normally pegs a magnetometer is a city...


25 posted on 03/09/2013 9:20:08 PM PST by varmintman
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To: Drew68

26 posted on 03/10/2013 5:08:23 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: BenLurkin

Russians never read “The Stand.”


27 posted on 03/10/2013 6:00:06 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Lancey Howard

I think that if they somewhat downplayed some of the f/x, it might have gotten an ‘X’ rating, for an odd reason.

The movie Angel Heart was initially given an ‘X’, because of a particular scene in which Mickey Rourke was having sex with Lisa Bonet in a derelict building, during a rainstorm where water was dripping through the ceiling into pans.

The scene cut back and forth between the couple and the pans, and was deemed “too intense”. But by cutting less often to the pans, it could get an ‘R’ rating. They actually got an ‘X’ rating not because of the sex, but because of old dinner pans with water dripping into them.

Much the same rule might apply to The Thing, because the scariest parts of the movie don’t actually show the monster as such, they just imply the monster is there. The f/x are so over the top that they’re almost comic relief.

Had they toned them down, it might have been “too intense”, as far as the MPAA was concerned.


28 posted on 03/10/2013 6:33:21 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I remember that the biggest criticism of the movie back then was specifically for the f/x. I could never understand the 1-star rating the movie got on my cable company’s TV guide even as they were showing it 20 times a month.


29 posted on 03/10/2013 9:41:49 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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“New DNA” Found In Ice Not New After All
msn.NEWS | 10 March 2013
Posted on 03/10/2013 10:32:21 PM PDT by zeestephen
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2995568/posts


30 posted on 03/11/2013 6:27:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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