Skip to comments."New DNA" Found In Ice Not New After All
Posted on 03/10/2013 10:32:21 PM PDT by zeestephen
Russian scientists said March 7 that they might have found a new form of bacterial life that had been entombed in a lake deep under Antarctica for millions of years. But Saturday AFP reported that the Russian scientists retracted the statement.
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There are at least 360 sub-glacial lakes in Antarctica.
Many of them have been pristinely sealed for millions of years.
The historical and scientific value of pristine water and bottom samples from these lakes cannot be measured.
This research requires the absolutely most meticulous drilling and collection standards possible.
The USA, the UK, and Russia are drilling into three different lakes.
The UK had technical problems with their hot water drill and stopped drilling and sealed their site to prevent contamination.
America is still drilling, but very carefully.
Russia decided to drill into the largest lake on the continent.
They turned this pure research into a competitive race.
They released almost no details of their efforts, and often maintained complete silence for weeks.
They finally broke through to the lake, and, according to the Russians, extracted pure water samples.
On Thursday, Russia claimed it had isolated bacterial DNA that could not be traced to any known life form.
On Saturday, they retracted.
Now they claim their pristine samples were contaminated at the laboratory.
For months prior to this fiasco non-Russian scientists have been quietly voicing their concerns that the Russian drilling effort had a major risk of contaminating this lake with kerosine and anti-freeze.
Who knows if they will ever allow a neutral third party to investigate their bore hole and their samples.
What should we do?
Write a letter to the UN.
I was a tad skeptical when I heard the original claim.
It’s not like they found them on Uranus.
Inga: Oh, Doctor, I'm sorry.
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You kind of knew this was Russian bs when they claimed to have found an unrelated bacteria. Get serious, this water has been isolated by ice for just six or seven million years. Marked changes over that time I could buy but a new and unrelated bacteria, no.
Good advice. Thanks. How do you spell, UN?
Likely profitable. Outstanding.
There has been some pointed Blog criticism of the Russians on this issue.
But the mainstream press and the mainstream science journals ignore it - they're too busy promoting world government, wealth redistribution, and politically correct science.
This is not the first outrage.
Several Antarctic mountains have been judged to be the most perfect astronomical sites on the planet.
There is almost no wind, no humidity, no air pollution, and no ambient light.
I forget the details, but the Russians built something, maybe a research laboratory, that directly interferes with one of those sites.
I guess the UN arbitrates every Antarctic dispute, so good luck trying to win a case against the Russians.
We dive on.
The Reverend Al Sharpton
It could be deeper, than we think. We dive on.
Well...now, that could be... a deep subject, as to the WoW Factor.
This is so profound. I have the quote on my office wall and read it for strength on those trying days.
“D@mmm*t, Ivan, I told you not to spit down the hole!”
Thank you I will cherish it always.
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Thanks zeestephen:For months prior to this fiasco non-Russian scientists have been quietly voicing their concerns that the Russian drilling effort had a major risk of contaminating this lake with kerosine and anti-freeze.Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
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