Arsenic Eating Bacteria, New Microbes, and Changes in the Definition of Life on Earth

When we look for life on other Planets, what should we be looking for you ask? Well, anything really, that should be our final answer; anything and everything. Think about this for a moment. We keep making discoveries finding life living in what we perceive to be the most inhospitable places here on Earth. And as fascinating as that is, we should come to expect this.

There was a very interesting article in NASA Science News for Dec. 2, 2010, an article titled; “Discovery of “Arsenic-bug” Expands Definition of Life” which stated; “Astrobiologists have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism, which lives in California’s Mono Lake, substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in the backbone of its DNA.”

You know, as a member of a Think Tank, I find this interesting, but really, it doesn’t surprise me much. I mean “life” is everywhere, and it’s like that Jurassic Park famous line in the movie; “life will always find a way” – what I don’t understand is why anyone would be surprised about this finding, I’m not, I’d have expected it actually. It seems all these pre-conceived notions based on false thinking, and human superstition seem to just have a hard time breaking free. So, this below becomes some MAJOR Revelation, when it’s as common as hydrogen.

Arsenic Eating Bacteria, and New Microbes substituting arsenic for phosphorus is cool, and maybe for some it changes their limited definition of Life on Earth and elsewhere, but for me, certainly not, not surprised one bit.

Wake up humans, all types of life exist everywhere. There is life under the ground 10s of miles deep, there is life on Moons, frozen Planets, gas planets, Earth-like planets, barren Planets, Asteroids, Comets, and probably floating around in space in dust and debris clouds at Lagrange points. Life is everywhere, not just on earth. Every life you could conceive in any brainstorming session, the craziest idea you could come up with, even while in a drunken stupor exists somewhere in our Universe. Please consider all this.



Source by Lance Winslow

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