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Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:01 PM

Scientists successfully revive 100m-year-old microbes from the sea


Microbes had lain dormant at the bottom of the sea since the age of the dinosaurs

AFP in Paris
Published onTue 28 Jul 2020 12.49 EDT

Scientists have successfully revived microbes that had lain dormant at the bottom of the sea since the age of the dinosaurs, allowing the organisms to eat and even multiply after eons in the deep.

Their research sheds light on the remarkable survival power of some of Earth’s most primitive species, which can exist for tens of millions of years with barely any oxygen or food before springing back to life in the lab.

A team led by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology analysed ancient sediment samples deposited more than 100m years ago on the seabed of the South Pacific.

The region is renowned for having far fewer nutrients in its sediment than normal, making it a far-from-ideal site to maintain life over millennia.

The team incubated the samples to help coax the microbes out of their epoch-spanning slumber.

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/28/scientists-successfully-revived-mesozoic-era-microbes-from-the-sea

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Reply Scientists successfully revive 100m-year-old microbes from the sea (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jul 2020 OP
soothsayer Jul 2020 #1
samnsara Jul 2020 #4
Duppers Jul 2020 #9
Javaman Jul 2020 #10
soothsayer Jul 2020 #11
Javaman Jul 2020 #12
soothsayer Jul 2020 #13
SCantiGOP Aug 2020 #14
SWBTATTReg Jul 2020 #2
Laffy Kat Jul 2020 #3
donco Jul 2020 #6
Laffy Kat Jul 2020 #8
FirstLight Jul 2020 #5
hunter Jul 2020 #7

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:02 PM

1. What could go wrong?

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:04 PM

4. my thoughts exactly!!

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 09:42 PM

9. Exactly!

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 10:49 AM

10. Personally, I welcome our 100m-year-old microbes overlords. nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 10:50 AM

11. Rise of Cthulhu!

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 10:56 AM

12. the old ones are not amused. nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 10:57 AM

13. Shhhh. Don't say their names

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 03:47 PM

14. Were they researching a science fiction movie?

I read there may be 2,000 long dormant viruses in the Siberian tundra that are just waiting to thaw out.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:03 PM

2. I don't know about doing something like this, in reactivating long dormant microbes...

Life today probably wouldn't have the tools to fight such microbes if need be.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:03 PM

3. In time for 2012 headlines: "Kraken Attacks Sub"

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:16 PM

6. Kraken

"Kraken attempts to mate with Sub."

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Response to donco (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 03:01 PM

8. Even better! LOL. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:16 PM

5. Goddamn, this is NOT the year!!!

Put them back!!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:23 PM

7. How else would they survive the trip from Mars?

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