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LSU professor looks for life in and under antarctic ice http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/lsu-lpl083107.php 1 of 2 9/1/07 11:15 AM Public release date: 31-Aug-2007 [ Print Article | E-mail Article | Close Window ] Contact: Brent Christner [email protected] 225-578-1734 Louisiana State University LSU professor looks for life in and under antarctic ice If confirmed, "immortal cells" could prove potential for life on Mars and Europa, one of Jupiter's moons BATON ROUGE – Antarctica is home to the largest body of ice on Earth. Prior to approximately 10 years ago, no one thought that life could exist beneath the Antarctic ice sheets, which can be more than two miles thick in places, because conditions were believed to be too extreme. However, Brent Christner, assistant professor of biological sciences at LSU, has spent a great deal of time in one of the world’s most hostile environments conducting research that proves otherwise. Christner’s discoveries of viable microbes in ancient ice cores and subglacial environments coupled with the realization that large quantities of liquid water exist beneath the Antarctic ice sheet have changed the way biologists view life in Antarctica. “More than 150 lakes have been discovered underneath nearly two-and-a-half miles of ice in
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