Russian scientists have found in the Antarctic Lake Vostok new form of life




Russian scientists have found in the Antarctic Lake Vostok new form of life March 7, 2013

Lake Vostok

For years, studies seem to begin to bear fruit. Russian scientists claimed to have found in Lake Vostok, which is located three kilometers beneath the Antarctic ice thickness, a completely new type of bacteria.

DNA analysis showed that the bacterium does not belong to any known type, which used to be found on Earth. Study found only 86 percent of the similarities to other living organisms.

Russian scientists have for several years tried to get samples from Lake Vostok, “buried” under the ice of a few kilometers. And last year, they still managed to get to the lake, but the resulting pattern, which they got as a result was broken and signs of life in it was found.

New as the samples were simply sensational. The scientists said they found just a new form of life. Given that it is not like one of those forms of life that are known to science, we can say that this bacterium is not a drilling rig and really is in an isolated lake. However, science does not tolerate guesses, so it was decided to conduct a few more tests to confirm this.

Lake Vostok has been isolated from the world for millions of years. But water for many kilometers thick ice, due, most likely, geothermal energy, it is still in liquid form. There has never been light, so any form of life had to survive on collecting any available resources there and eat there the only minerals.

This finding is very important for scientists. After all, if life could maintain its existence in such superextreme conditions, it is likely that it can exist outside the Earth’s environment.

Scientists believe that the conditions are very similar to the icy ocean in Europe – one of the moons of Jupiter. This is one of the best candidates for the search for extraterrestrial life in our solar system.

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