Skip to comments.Antarctic Lake Vostok yields 'new bacterial life'
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.
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What could go wrong?
Didn’t they just remake this movie?
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.
Here come the zombies.
Does it look like this?
I thought the Algore envirowackos said there wasn’t any more ice on the poles.
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.
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”.
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“Didn’t they just remake this movie?”
I think it was called, “The Thing”.
Yup. That’s the one ;)
And Aliens vs. Predator....
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.
Wake me up when they find the second Stargate and the Ancient weapons.
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.
They should sell ice cubes and water from the lake to offset costs.
OK. I’m sorry. I really had to go. I thought a little pee in a great big lake wouldn’t hurt anything.
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.)
It is entirely possible - - very possible - - that Lake Vostok has a wide variety of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures swimming around in there.
ALWAYS been one of my all-time favorite movies.
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...
Russians never read “The Stand.”
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.
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.
“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
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