Re: NASA-Funded_Research_Discovers_Life_Built_Wit h_Toxic_Chemical
The existence of this bacteria is not surprising. We have Macro-organisms that thrive on the lip of open fissures on the bottom of the ocean. I think it uses methane and sulfur for nutrients and heat energy respectively. Nonetheless arsenic has got to be harsh on organic matter. So this is a fascinating feat. I would like know how many PPM of arsenic is present in the water there. Because I wonder how the other organisms cope. Assuming the brine that passes it along to the rest of thee ecosystem. There might be some biological filtering system still undiscovered to account for that. Or whats more likely I simply have not learned of it.
Also like to see how this organism might change after another 50 million years or so. There was a documentary a few years back. A bunch of scientist from various disciplines collaborated with conceptual artists. They showed their theories on how they thought life would evolve in drastically different environments. Came up with some interesting creatures. Massive silicon based organisms. That looked like macroscopic version of a single cell that surfed on top of liquid methane oceans.
Side Note: Considering that NASA is barley more then an 'administrative'(used loosely) shell/ATM. That most of the actual innovation comes from a sub-contracted private sector. Which is the "NASA-Funded" part. I wonder how long before this poor life form is replicated, and some corporate citizen puts a patent on it. It happens.