Microbes Discovered In Antarctic Subglacial Lake Whillans

Science Recorder reports:

“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.”

Above three minute video shows scientist John Priscu discussing need to keep Antarctic ice drill free from contamination and use of an attached filtration system to keep drill clean. A link to WISSARD website is here.

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