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July 12 2013

Is Lake Vostok, buried in the Antarctic, bustling with life?


Beneath some 13,000 feet of Antarctic ice is a world that should be lonely and empty. But, if a new study is correct, this subglacial lake could be teeming with hardy bacteria buried in one of the world’s most unusual environments.

Scientists from Bowling Green State University have recovered upward of 3,000 gene sequences – some from complex organisms – from the ice of Lake Vostok, the world’s largest known subglacial lake. If the samples are found not to have been contaminated, the findings could be revolutionary, altering our understanding of life not only on our own planet but on alien worlds.

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