Welcome to the new world of arsenic based life lying at the bottom of the Mono Lake in California – the lake is known for its high levels of salt and arsenic. The age-old belief that arsenic kills has gone for a toss.
NASA researchers have discovered a new form of life deep down under the waters – it is arsenic based. With this revolutionary discovery, the globally accepted concept that life depends on carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous and sulfur have been snuffed out. Arsenic can also support life.
The new-found life in the form of a bacteria survives on arsenic and has incorporated it in its DNA and has been discovered by Felisa Wolfe-Simon, a post doctoral scientist of the School of Earth and Space Exploration of the Arizona State University.
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