Scientists: Antarctica bacteria are contamination, not new life

03/12/2013 | Our Amazing Planet

Bacteria reportedly discovered last week under Antarctic ice are actually contamination, not evidence of new bacterial life, according to an analysis from the laboratory at Antarctica's Lake Vostok. Some news outlets reported that the Russian team discovered a new microbe that was only 86% similar to the planet's bacteria, considered reliable enough to be new. However, further analysis proved the bacteria to be contamination, forcing the team to renege on its statement.

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