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Ancient Antarctic Bacteria Brought Back to Life

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Ancient Antarctic Bacteria Brought Back to Life

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Ancient Antarctic Bacteria Brought Back to Life

Ancient Antarctic Bacteria Brought Back to Life

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Researchers have been able to extract frozen bacteria from Antarctic ice samples ranging in age from 100,000 years up to 8 million years old. Working in a lab, they were able to revive the bacteria — with warmth and food, the ancient bacterial colonies began to grow again.

Kay Bidle, assistant professor of marine and coastal sciences, Rutgers University