Friday, March 8, 2013

New Bacteria Found in Antarctica Lake

It's always cool to learn about a new discovery on our huge-yet-tiny planet, but in this case, it’s downright cold! According to the BBC News, Russian scientists researching the subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica made a surprise discovery - a bacteria unlike anything documented in a massive global database. Of course, our first thoughts were:
  1. What has allowed these bacteria to survive and reproduce for millennia in the extreme Antarctic environment?
  2. Is it anywhere else on Earth?
  3. What does it eat? How does it metabolize? What does it secrete?
  4. Is it alone in Lake Vostok, or are there other life forms yet to discover down there?
  5. How can we help to identify and unlock these mysteries?
The potential benefit to therapeutic, agriculture, environmental and other fields could revolutionize life as we know it... or we could find that it doesn’t offer many benefits at all. Finding out is part of the fun!

Does anyone know of any Russian scientists based in Antarctica that may need microplate instrumentation? Let us know!

By: BioTek Instruments

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