Fourth species of microbes found in subglacial lake Vostok

In ice samples from the subglacial Antarctic Lake Vostok, biologists have discovered a fourth species of bacteria that have lived in isolation for several million years. The head of the cryoastrobiology laboratory of the St. Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics Sergey Bulat told about this.

“We recently began to re-examine ice samples from a depth of 3,721 meters from the surface of the Antarctic ice sheet. Inside them we discovered a fourth species of bacteria, 3721v34-24, which, like almost all of their neighbors, were not associated with the already known genera and families of microbes ", - said Bulat.