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'Bizarre Bacteria' in Lake Vostok Study Likely a Contaminant

Last week, reports began to emerge that Russian scientists had discovered a previously unknown species of bacteria in samples of lake water from one of Antarctica's most famous subglacial lakes. Word quickly spread throughout the blogosphere, sparking questions about what the mysterious bacteria could be. However, it is important to note that no peer-reviewed study concerning this research has been published as of yet.
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Antarctic Lake Vostok yields 'new bacterial life'

Russian scientists have claimed the discovery of a new type of bacterial life in water from a buried Antarctic lake.
The researchers have been studying samples brought up from Vostok - the largest subglacial lake in Antarctica.

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'Unclassified' Life Found in Antarctic Lake

A preliminary examination of water samples from the ancient subglacial Lake Vostok near the South Pole indicated that its inhabitants are not to be found anywhere else on Earth, a member of the research team told RIA Novosti.
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Lake Vostok Water Ice Has Been Obtained

The first confirmed sample of water from the subsurface Lake Vostok in Antarctica has been retrieved.
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First Lake Vostok Samples 'Lifeless,' But American Scientist Says That's Not Conclusive

The first samples from Lake Vostok, the subglacial Antarctic lake that had remained untouched for more than 15 million years, turned up a whole lot of nothing, according to an initial analysis by the Russian scientists who reached the lake. But that doesn't mean there isn't life that has developed in the lake, according to a prominent Antarctic scientist.
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 Russian ship delivers subglacial lake samples

The Russian research vessel Akademik Fyodorov has arrived at St.Petersburg port with samples from subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica.
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Russia finds lake untouched for at least 14 million years

Russia says it has pierced through Antarctica's frozen crust to a vast, sub-glacial lake that has remained untouched for at least 14 million years.
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Russian scientists drill into Antarctic lake sealed off for 15 million years

According to the Russian newswire RIA Novosti, scientists from Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St Petersburg drilled through the 3,768 metres of ice above Lake Vostok to reach the surface of the lake on Sunday.
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Race to drill into Antarctic lake

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Russian scientists are attempting to beat US and UK rivals to be first to drill an Antarctic sub-glacial lake. The team has been drilling dow
n to Lake Vostok, the largest of more than 100 bodies of liquid water buried under Antarctica's ice.
The lake has been sealed off from the surface for millennia, so it may contain life forms new to science.

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Russian researchers in Antarctica are on the verge of piercing a hole through two miles of ice into an ancient lake, untouched by the light of day for some 20 million years. But it'll be a delicate process to break through without disturbing the pristine waters.
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