Arsenic-based lifeform may be revealed by NASA later today

By on Dec 02, 2010

Take this with a grain of salt arsenic, but this morning the internet is aflutter with rumors of an exciting new discovery that NASA is set to reveal this afternoon. The word on the internet corner is that NASA has discovered a new bacteria that has a fundamentally different genetic makeup than all life on earth, using the element arsenic instead of phosphorus. The discovery of an organism with a totally different genetic code is even bigger news than the Chlorophyll F which was published a few months ago. It may not have anything directly related to reefing, but this discovery could have far-reaching implications for all of biology as we know it. We’ll be anxiously awaiting the NASA press conference scheduled for 2pm this afternoon.

[via Gizmodo]

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