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  1. #1 Have we found the Thing? 
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    Dr. Sergei Bulat and his team recently discovered new life forms in Lake Vostok (Antarctica):
    ""We are calling this life form unclassified and unidentified," he explained. Dr. Bulat added that close attention was focused on one particular form of bacteria whose DNA was less than 86% similar to previously existing forms. "A level of 90% usually means that the organism is unknown.""


    Although pure water samples have to be examined in order to exclude all contamination,
    isn't it fascinating that we still discover unknown life forms in extreme environments?


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    BBC News - Antarctic Lake Vostok yields 'new bacterial life'


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    Blood tests all around. If it jumps- shoot him.


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    Fascinating - there was an article in the New Scientist (I think) recently that suggested that all bacteria are everywhere just in different concentrations. If memory serves me rightly they were saying they had found bacteria that would normally think of as living in much warmer waters living in the English Channel but just in tiny concentrations perhaps on the offchance that conditions may change. I will try to find it later if anyone is interested.
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    I read something similar many years ago. It speculated that this is why wiping out a dominant bacterial strain will show a take over from many unexpected strains or even entirely different bacteria.
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    I wonder what uses we can find for the variations this organism uses to build it's prote´ns. Maybe another plague. Maybe a biosynthetic fiber that is stronger then steel, yet flexible, and cheap to produce.
    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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