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NASA Discovers Arsenic Based Life Under a Lake | watch Video

NASA Discovers Arsenic Based Life Under a Lake



NASA Discovers Arsenic Based Life Under a Lake

NASA Discovers Arsenic Based Life Under a Lake
NASA Discovers Arsenic Based Life Under a Lake

Welcome to the new world of arsenic based life lying at the bottom of the Mono Lake in California – the lake is known for its high levels of salt and arsenic. The age-old belief that arsenic kills has gone for a toss.

NASA researchers have discovered a new form of life deep down under the waters – it is arsenic based. With this revolutionary discovery, the globally accepted concept that life depends on carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous and sulfur have been snuffed out. Arsenic can also support life.

The new-found life in the form of a bacteria survives on arsenic and has incorporated it in its DNA and has been discovered by Felisa Wolfe-Simon, a post doctoral scientist of the School of Earth and Space Exploration of the Arizona State University.

NASA held the Net’s curiosity hostage in and around the study of a microbe that turns our preconceived notion about alien life forms on its big green head. Scientists observed that a bacteria known as GFAJ-1, scraped from a lake in Northern California, was able to thrive on arsenic, which is deadly to humans and other life on earth. The microbe was able to subsist on arsenic instead of phosphorous, one of six chemical elements considered essential for life. The discovery opens up new possibilities about where alien life forms may exist. They could even be right under our nose.

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