Bacteria is eight-million-years-old, and still alive

David Pescovitz:
Researchers extracted 8-million-year-old bacteria from an Antarctica glacier, resuscitated it, and are now watching it grow in a petri dish. From New Scientist:

Paul Falkowski of Rutgers University, who led the study, describes the ancient bacteria as small round cells that had been in a “suspended state of animation for 8 million years”. He says the increasingly rapid flow of glaciers into the ocean as a result of global warming could release new organisms into the sea but he does not believe this is cause for concern because marine bacteria and viruses are typically far less harmful to human health than, for instance, those found on land.

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