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Vostok’s microbes elusive in first measurements of surface water

A first analysis of the ice that froze onto the drillbit used in last February’s landmark drilling to a pristine Antarctic lake shows no native microbes came up with the lake water, according to Sergey Bulat of Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russia) and CNRS in Grenoble (France). The very uppermost layer of Lake Vostock appears to be “lifeless” so far, says Bulat, but that doesn’t mean the rest of it is. 

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