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A Survivor in Greenland: A Novel Bacterial Species is Found Trapped in 120,000-Year-old Ice


May 28, 2008

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Scientists have discovered a new ultra-small species of bacteria that has survived for more than 120,000 years within a Greenland glacier at a depth of nearly two miles. It is among the type of ultra-small bacteria that can pass through microbiological filters, including those used to prepare ultra-purified water for dialysis. Its study may help to reveal how life, in general, can exist in a variety of extreme environments on Earth and elsewhere. Full Story

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