Poison-Eating Germs in Mono Lake, California, USA

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    Dec 04, 2010 7:44 AM GMT
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    http://www.onorbit.com/node/2680

    Arsenic has been discovered to be the seventh organic element recently in a new bacterium species found in in Mono Lake, California.. since the beginning of organic chemistry, the only ones known were carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur.. the discovery of arsenic as a possible organic element is like discovering a purple camel.... thought to have been completely impossible...


    The discovery will have fantastic implications for biotechnology, the industry, and astrobiology

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    Dec 04, 2010 10:23 AM GMT
    yo where's all my fellow biologists at?
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    Dec 04, 2010 10:25 AM GMT
    environmental scientists?.. ecologists?.... organic chemists?... biotekkies even??? COME ONE PEOPLE THIS IS SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS!!! PREMIER "EUREKA" LEVEL-MOMENTS IN NATURAL HISTORY!!!!

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    Dec 04, 2010 2:16 PM GMT
    paranoiac mode=on

    Nasa funded research to show that extraterrestrial life could exist can also be called fund raising, and result interpretation (not data) twisted accordingly.

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    Did then found exactly where the arsenic is used ?
    I was to lazy to read extensively about it, but it's seems it's just indirect conclusion, I don't think they isolated DNA, proteins and then calculated the amount of arsenic in them.
    Think it was like calculating arsenic is the liquid and solid fraction of shredded cells.

    I will be brainfucked only if the study prove directly those bacteria use arsenic version of atp or dna. Less impressed if it's in protein, we already know exotic nucleic acids.

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    Dec 04, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    YOu are very right to question that: I found out later it was already posted and discussed in this thread: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1261306
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    Dec 04, 2010 2:22 PM GMT
    old news, so old its even printed in my old chemistry textbook as an article lol


    but frankly I'm not surprised I think it was stupid to think we'd all be based on earth's elemental composition. I however think Carbon maybe the only element in common due to it's bonding properties and ability to form stable chains but even this is a hypothesis, we do not know how other elements may interact given a different environment.
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    Dec 04, 2010 2:26 PM GMT
    PrinceOfArya saidold news, so old its even printed in my old chemistry textbook as an article lol


    but frankly I'm not surprised I think it was stupid to think we'd all be based on earth's elemental composition. I however think Carbon maybe the only element in common due to it's bonding properties and ability to form stable chains.


    True the discovery was hopelessly overhyped