Bold traveller!

This is awesome!

A community of the bacteria Candidatus Desulforudis audaxviator has been discovered 2.8 kilometres beneath the surface of the Earth in fluid-filled cracks of the Mponeng goldmine in South Africa. Its 60°C home is completely isolated from the rest of the world, and devoid of light and oxygen.

D. audaxviator (“bold traveller,” in a direct quote from Jules Verne, omg the nerdiness) lives off the radioactivity of uranium, in warm, 3 million-year-old, anoxic water. It lives alone with no other organisms, with no need of the sun even indirectly, and its genetic material is a mixture of genes seen in related species and archaea genes.

That is so cool!

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