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Tests Hint at Fish Miles Below Antarctic Ice

Scientists study RNA at Lake Vostok

(Newser) - A lake nearly 2.5 miles below Antarctica's ice sheet could harbor some surprising organisms—including, perhaps, fish, scientists find. Lake Vostok, some 5,800 square miles in area, is thought to have been closed off from the atmosphere for millions of years, the BBC notes. But rivers below... More »

Unidentified Life Form Found in Antarctic Lake

Isolated for millions of years, bacteria could hold clues about life beyond Earth

(Newser) - It looks like drilling through 2.3 miles of ice may have paid off: The Russian scientists who did just that last year at Antarctica's Lake Vostok say the samples they recovered contain an "unclassified and unidentified" life form, reports the BBC .The bacteria's DNA measured less... More »

Russians Reach Antarctic Lake Sealed 15M Years

Lake Vostok may yield new life forms

(Newser) - Russian scientists have successfully drilled through more than two miles of ice to reach a "lost world" under Antarctica, according to a Russian newswire. Lake Vostok has been sealed off for some 15 million years. While some fear it has been contaminated by kerosene and other materials used by... More »

Russia Races to Drill Into Antarctic Lake

Lake Vostok expected to yield new life forms

(Newser) - Russian scientists are racing against time to drill into an Antarctic lake that has been isolated from everything else on Earth for 15 million years. Lake Vostok is one of the biggest and deepest lakes on Earth, but its existence was confirmed by satellite images only in the '90s. It... More »

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