7 March 2013, 16:17

Unknown class of bacteria found under ice crust of Antarctic lake

Unknown class of bacteria found under ice crust of Antarctic lake

Tests of water samples from Antarctica's Lake Vostok have yielded a completely new class of bacteria, a Russian scientist has told reporters.

The frozen samples were brought up from under the Antarctic ice in May 2012.

Sergei Bulat of St. Petersburg’s Nuclear Physics Institute said they collected a core sample of water frozen into the borehole. He said the probe contained bacteria that didn’t belong to any known phyla, which is the next ranking above a class in size.

In May, the samples will be brought to the lab by the Akademik Feodorov icebreaker to confirm the discovery.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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