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Vostok’s microbes elusive in first
measurements of surface water

Nature, by Brian Owens

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/19/2012 6:28:52 PM

A first analysis of the ice that froze onto the drillbit used in last February’s landmark drilling to a pristine Antarctic lake shows no native microbes came up with the lake water, according to Sergey Bulat of Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russia). The very uppermost layer of Lake Vostok appears to be “lifeless” so far, says Bulat, but that doesn’t mean the rest of it is. (Snip) Bulat and his colleagues counted the microbes present in the ice sample and checked their genetic makeup to figure out the phylotypes. They counted fewer than 10 microbes/ml — about the same magnitude

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So if there was no life in this under-ice lake before there is now due to contaminants from the drilling process. Meanwhile, on Mars..............

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: schnapps, 10/19/2012 6:41:18 PM     (No. 8946679)

The male phylotypes were easily distinguished by their remarkably small private parts :-)


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Reply 2 - Posted by: aintnojoke, 10/19/2012 6:46:36 PM     (No. 8946689)

Don't bother to go ice fishing there.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: veritas, 10/20/2012 1:22:12 AM     (No. 8947146)

Very sketchy article, but the state of the information is basically, "yeah, we're drilling."

That said, it's an interesting bit of science. Sure hope they're rigorous about preventing contamination, but I'm not optimistic.

A lot of, to us, very weird living things have been found in places we rarely get to. Photosynthesizing plants have been found under the ice covering Antarctic lakes though they only got 1/1000 of surface sunlight. Then there are the critters at black smokers, and so on.

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