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March 9 2013

Mystery bug found in Antarctica's Lake Vostok


There is something alive in Lake Vostok, deep beneath the East Antarctic ice sheet, and we don't know what it is. Water samples from the lake contain a bacterium that does not seem to belong to any known bacterial groups although whether it truly is a new form of life remains to be proven.

Russian scientists breached Lake Vostok in February 2012, after years of drilling. The lake lies beneath 3.5 kilometres of ice, and has been cut off from the rest of the world since Antarctica froze 14 million years ago.

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