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New microbe species discovered in Antarctica; the NIH readies for a government shutdown; dinosaur lice

Bob Grant
Bob Grant

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Apr 6, 2011
This week's news includes dozens of new microbe species discovered in Antarctica, the NIH's hush-hush plan for surviving the impending government shutdown, the creation of genetically modified cows that make milk that's more similar to human breast milk, the trick that coaxes bone marrow stem cells into skin wound repair, and the discovery that lice may have plagued feathered dinosaurs more than 100 million years ago.A frozen microbe Eden
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Researchers combing the icy expanses of Antarctica have turned up more than 200 new species of microbes capable of living in extreme conditions. Along with numerous species that can survive temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius, Chilean researchers from the Biosciences Foundation in Santiago also discovered organisms that can tolerate extreme pHs, ones that can live in high salt concentrations, and even one microbe that can live comfortably at 95 degrees C. The team also...
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