Bacteria discovered 2,600 feet below Earth’s surface could thrive elsewhere in the solar system.
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Scientists drilling in Lake Whillans, a remote body of water buried 2,600 feet below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, have discovered evidence of living bacteria.
The water samples were first removed from the ice sheet at 6:20am on Monday, January 28, by the U.S. research team Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling, or WISSARD. Researchers employed a quick test to analyze their samples for potential life by injecting DNA-sensitive dye into the water, and immediately found numerous individual cells glowing green.