Everything we know about life may change today

Nasa has apparently discovered a new life form – in a poisonous lake in California, no less. Wired explains:

All life on Earth is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. Every being, from the smallest amoeba to the largest whale, shares the same life stream. Our DNA blocks are all the same. (source)

But this little critter uses arsenic instead of sulfur phosphorous. If there can be an arsenic-based life form on earth, who knows what could be waiting for us out there…. pretty goddamned cool stuff if you ask me. Nasa is supposed to tell us more at 2 pm.

12 Responses to Everything we know about life may change today

  1. Charles Platt says:

    The contrarian in me really, really hopes that this new life form was created by law-breaking pollution created by some horrible multinational corporation.

  2. sfgiants says:

    Lets see what jesus cocksuckers have to say bout this.

  3. ScottC says:

    The aresenic replaces the phosphorous, not sulfur.

    • What do I know? I’m not a chemist! (thank you for pointing this out, I have made the correction)

      • splifton says:

        Seeing as how I am a classically trained chemist you should know that metabolic processes described in the article rest firmly in the disciple on BIOLOGY…Not Chemistry.

  4. blueollie says:

    Note: this really isn’t an arsenic based life form but a life form that has evolved to not be killed by arsenic. Here is an expert’s take.

    It is cool but not as sensational as the headlines would suggest.

  5. tumstot says:

    I don’t know why NASA hyped this story. We’ve known for decades about bacteria metabolizing iron and sulfur around mines (creating sulfuric acid which they can live in) and a common way to treat law-breaking pollution is to use bacteria to either breathe or eat the pollutants. We’ve found bacteria in every environment on earth including nuclear reactors.

    • sfgiants says:

      agreed, theyre pretty desperate for any new discovery which could maintain theyre enormous cash flow (fundin) from the government. KILL NASA SPACE PROGRAM – IMPROVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Seriously man, leave that space shit to the russians or the koreans

  6. Jack B. says:

    I, for one, welcome our new arsenic-eating overlords.

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