Cool Science, In Kansas Nonetheless! Worlds Oldest, Living, Microbe
June 27, 2009 Leave a comment
The city of Hutchinson, KS sits sixty five stories above a massive series of salt mine tunnels that stretch as far as New Mexico. But that’s not the cool part of this story. A couple of scientists found a microbe inside a 250 million year old pocket of salt water containing some positively ancient microbes. This wouldn’t be that strange an occurrence except for one tiny detail: the microbe was still alive.
Well, sort of alive, in the sense that the microbes had regressed into a sort of perma-hibernation that bacteria use when no nutrients are available. Of course, surviving hundreds of millions of years in this state is unheard of. The scientists simply put the bacteria in a fresh nutrient solution and voila, 250 million year old bacteria that are alive and kickin’.
(Via Boing Boing)