Aug 8, 2007


Anyone who's watched a zombie movie or two knows this can't be good:
Aug. 7, 2007 — Microorganisms locked in Antarctic ice for 100,000 years and more came to life and resumed growing when given warmth and nutrients in a laboratory.

Researchers led by Kay Bidle of Rutgers University tested five samples of ice ranging in age from 100,000 years to 8 million years.

"We didn't really know what to expect. We knew that microorganisms were really hardy," Bidle, an assistant professor of marine and coastal sciences, said in a telephone interview.


Anonymous said...

Indeed! Million year old bacteria is bad. How bad? Way bad. Viruses? Worse!

pins&needles said...

HHmmm... I don't know if it's a threat. Was the bacteria really dead or just frozen and "preserved" in the ice? If dead, then yes we have a problem. After work, I should start looking at buying some guns and some nonperishable food.