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Ice age bacteria brought back to life
www.NewScientist.com ^ | 2/25/2005 | Kelly Young

Posted on 02/25/2005 12:57:59 PM PST by aimhigh

A bacterium that sat dormant in a frozen pond in Alaska for 32,000 years has been revived by NASA scientists.

Once scientists thawed the ice, the previously undiscovered bacteria started swimming around on the microscope slide. The researchers say it is the first new species of microbe found alive in ancient ice. Now named Carnobacterium pleistocenium, it is thought to have lived in the Pleistocene epoch, a time when woolly mammoths still roamed the Earth.

NASA astrobiologist Richard Hoover, who led the team, said the find bolsters the case for finding life elsewhere in the universe, particularly given this week's news, broken by New Scientist, of frozen lakes just beneath the surface of equatorial Mars.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: archaeology; bacteria; climate; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; mammoth; mammoths; mammothtoldme; pleistocene; science
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Ready for the next plague?
1 posted on 02/25/2005 12:58:00 PM PST by aimhigh
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To: aimhigh

will the same science work to get hair growing again?


2 posted on 02/25/2005 12:59:36 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: aimhigh

Please tell me they've destroyed it.

Please?


3 posted on 02/25/2005 1:00:03 PM PST by nuffsenuff
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To: aimhigh

They'll be sorrr-rryyy!


4 posted on 02/25/2005 1:00:18 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: aimhigh

Why such initial negativity?


5 posted on 02/25/2005 1:00:34 PM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: aimhigh

My gosh...don't they know what could happen? Don't they watch X-Files???


6 posted on 02/25/2005 1:00:55 PM PST by RosieCotton (A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. - GK Chesterton)
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To: nuffsenuff
Please tell me they've destroyed it.

Please?

I was thinking the same thing...

7 posted on 02/25/2005 1:00:58 PM PST by frogjerk
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To: BenLurkin

See Smilla's Sense of Snow.


8 posted on 02/25/2005 1:01:06 PM PST by job ("God is not dead nor doth He sleep")
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To: aimhigh

It's listed as having voted in Chicago as a Democrat last year...


9 posted on 02/25/2005 1:01:52 PM PST by pabianice
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To: aimhigh

Incredible.

This could get very interesting.


10 posted on 02/25/2005 1:02:21 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (Open borders=National suicide)
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To: aimhigh; windcliff
Now named Carnobacterium pleistocenium, it is thought to have lived in the Pleistocene epoch, a time when woolly mammoths still roamed the Earth.

Would bringing this bacteria back to life be considered a "Mammoth" undertaking.

Time to watch "The Andromeda Strain" again.

11 posted on 02/25/2005 1:02:34 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: neverdem

Ping


12 posted on 02/25/2005 1:02:46 PM PST by BostonianRightist (I don't trust a government I can't shoot back at.)
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To: aimhigh

The natural processes of this world took it out of circulation for a reason. Sometimes scientists truly irritate me.

Regards, Ivan


13 posted on 02/25/2005 1:02:55 PM PST by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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To: aimhigh
Ice age bacteria brought back to life

You mean, the bacteria was DEAD and scientists reanimated the bacteria?

I think the article should have said "Ice age bacteria thawed"

14 posted on 02/25/2005 1:04:04 PM PST by frogjerk
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To: aimhigh

A scientist grew bacillus isolated from the salt crystals of an ancient sea bed. The bacillus sample was 250 million years old. That's the current record holder.


15 posted on 02/25/2005 1:04:54 PM PST by mysterio
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To: aimhigh
It's a miracle that it managed to survive.
Geeez, the Engangered Species Act wasn't passed until 1973.
How could it go for thousands of years without Government protection?
16 posted on 02/25/2005 1:05:12 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: frogjerk

Revitalized or revived would probably be a better term.


18 posted on 02/25/2005 1:05:39 PM PST by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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To: aimhigh; neverdem; blam; SunkenCiv

BTTT


19 posted on 02/25/2005 1:06:26 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: nuffsenuff

Destroy it? It will be placed on the Endangered Species List and protected!


21 posted on 02/25/2005 1:08:41 PM PST by CobraJet
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To: aimhigh

If something bad happens, we all know who's in the White House and who the MSM will go after.


22 posted on 02/25/2005 1:09:21 PM PST by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: aimhigh

Yeah, NOONE has immunity to this microbe.

Wouldn't it be funny if this is the microbe that cause massive extinction...oh wait. Maybe not.


23 posted on 02/25/2005 1:09:26 PM PST by sandbar
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To: aimhigh
A bacterium that sat dormant in a frozen pond in Alaska for 32,000 years has been revived by NASA scientists.

And upon seeing the movies nominated for Academy Awards this year, promptly went dormant again.

24 posted on 02/25/2005 1:10:03 PM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: nuffsenuff

THE BLOB!


25 posted on 02/25/2005 1:10:10 PM PST by Barney59 (Now there's a man with an open mind - you can feel the breeze from here!)
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To: nuffsenuff

What could go wrong? Sounds like the 1950's movie, "The Thing". Of course, it is probably classified as an endangered species, so we can't destroy it.


26 posted on 02/25/2005 1:10:36 PM PST by jim_trent
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To: aimhigh

Perhaps now we will finally find out for sure what killed the dinosaurs.


27 posted on 02/25/2005 1:11:03 PM PST by tarator
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To: pabianice
It's listed as having voted in Chicago as a Democrat last year...

CA Democrats commented that we aren't spending nearly enough federal funds to rehabilitate this most needy of all life forms.

28 posted on 02/25/2005 1:11:51 PM PST by siunevada
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To: aimhigh

Bugs are tough.


29 posted on 02/25/2005 1:12:05 PM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: dahicks

I'd rather have them bring it to life in a controlled and contained lab and learn about it than have some speciman thaw on its own and get into circulation without warning.


30 posted on 02/25/2005 1:13:03 PM PST by Ignatius J Reilly
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To: dahicks
they really shouldn't be tampering with things they don't understand.

I can appreciate your caution however, there are many things we would not have today if somebody decided not to fool with "things they don't understand."
31 posted on 02/25/2005 1:16:05 PM PST by Bear_Slayer
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To: aimhigh

Just what I was thinking. Defrost these bugs and you never know what you get.


32 posted on 02/25/2005 1:16:57 PM PST by hershey
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To: aimhigh

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!


33 posted on 02/25/2005 1:17:06 PM PST by rintense
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To: Barney59

Hey Barn. Better go tell Miss Krump about this.


34 posted on 02/25/2005 1:18:27 PM PST by Graymatter (There are times when the Rule of Law needs an override.)
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To: aimhigh

Science has thawed out the bacteria that caused the extenction of the Wolly Mammouth! Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!


35 posted on 02/25/2005 1:19:37 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (If the left hates you, you are obviously right.)
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To: sandbar

The % of bacteria that cause human disease out of all the bacteria species in the world is microscopic.

We're all constantly bathed in bacteria all the time.


36 posted on 02/25/2005 1:22:06 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: aimhigh

I can see the headlines now: "Disney opens Pleistobacterium Park on Remote Arctic Island."


37 posted on 02/25/2005 1:22:30 PM PST by ManHunter (You can run, but you'll only die tired...)
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To: mysterio
"The bacillus sample was 250 million years old. That's the current record holder."

But.. but.... the Earth is only 5,000 years old! [/lunatic]
38 posted on 02/25/2005 1:23:00 PM PST by NJ_gent (Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.)
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To: nikos1121
will the same science work to get hair growing again?

Only a billiard ball.

39 posted on 02/25/2005 1:23:24 PM PST by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: aimhigh
"Another interesting article: "Prehistoric bacteria revived from buried salt" by J. Travis in Science News Volume 155, June 12, 1999, p. 373. In this article, J. Travis has interviewed such men as William D. Rosenzweig and Russell H. Vreeland of Penn. University who have now announced to have isolated and revived bacteria from salt deposits that is 250 million years old. Also in the paper, a researcher is mentioned, who is said to have been ahead of his time claimed, back in the 1960s, to have revived bacillus and other bacteria from salt deposits more than 500 million years old

.

40 posted on 02/25/2005 1:23:50 PM PST by blam
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To: Graymatter

You mean the Miss Krump of Mayberry fame?


41 posted on 02/25/2005 1:23:58 PM PST by Barney59 (Now there's a man with an open mind - you can feel the breeze from here!)
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To: aimhigh

LOL...that's what I was thinking too...

Sometimes scientists are just "Book smart & life stupid..."


42 posted on 02/25/2005 1:24:08 PM PST by MD_Willington_1976
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To: aimhigh

Beware of the Blob!


43 posted on 02/25/2005 1:25:58 PM PST by jimfree (Freep and Ye Shall Find)
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To: aimhigh
I really wish that scientists would stop with the whole, "We found life in [some extreme environment] so that means that life on other planets is more possible." Not unless you are a creationist. Just because life can live in an extreme environment does not mean that it could develop in that extreme environment. Yeah, life might be able to live in a very broad range of temperatures and pressures but the sort of initial development that scientists suggest for life first evolving is much more narrow and specialized.
44 posted on 02/25/2005 1:26:39 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Barney59
Here's Miss Krump! BLOB alert!


45 posted on 02/25/2005 1:30:41 PM PST by Graymatter (There are times when the Rule of Law needs an override.)
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To: Graymatter
Hmmm...I thought this all sounded rather familiar.


46 posted on 02/25/2005 1:33:07 PM PST by Chinito (We ARE the people our parents warned us about....)
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To: aimhigh

47 posted on 02/25/2005 1:34:18 PM PST by Starrgaizr
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To: yankeedame

that'lll work


48 posted on 02/25/2005 1:35:53 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: tallhappy
Why such initial negativity?

Because we are likely to have ZERO resistance to bacteria, funguses, and viruses from 32,000 years ago.

Like 'wipe out the entire Earth' vulnerability.

49 posted on 02/25/2005 1:38:03 PM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: tallhappy
Why such initial negativity?

Because we are likely to have ZERO resistance to bacteria, funguses, and viruses from 32,000 years ago.

Like 'wipe out the entire Earth' vulnerability.

50 posted on 02/25/2005 1:38:06 PM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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