^I dont doubt it.
Originally Posted by stubborn_d0nkey
No, no no. I think you read it wrong (or im reading something wrong). It IS surprising, and it is nothing like those organisms you mentioned. The difference is that your organisms took in the methane, they used it for nutrients. This bacteria is made of arsenic. Thats big, huge! It taking in arsenic wouldn't be, and that is not what this is about
Until this, ALL life, big or small, that we are aware of, had/has six elements as it base (CHNOPS. This bacteria differs. It has As! Thats big news! Everybody should realize why thats big.
You are right I did read it wrong. I did think it was using aresenic as part of an internal process not in its makeup. This is not exactly my field of expertise or interest so I apologize accordingly.
Honestly I'm still not 'surprised' though. Many people have theorized the possibility of life forms that differ drastically as such from our own. Indeed this research is one such theory put through the scientific process. I would go as far to say it is foolish to think that life universally would strictly follow our perceived understanding of biology.
I grant it is fascinating, and potentially ground breaking. Particularly if they repeat, and confirm(which they have not) that the arsenic replaces either phospholipids or more interestingly the phosphorus components of DNA/RNA. Its actually kind of scary to think that a terran bacterial agents chemical makeup is comprised of such. Its pretty easy to imagine some malicious uses for it. Lets hope it remains in the realm of biological understanding. For science!