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Posts Tagged ‘arsenic-based’

It’s Life, Jim, But Not As We Know It

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

A new bacteria discovered in Mono Lake in California is found to be unlike any other organism on the planet.

The bacteria, named GFAJ-1, has only trace elements of phosphorus, one of the so-called building blocks of life, instead, GFAJ-1 uses arsenic to live and arsenic is “embedded into their DNA, RNA and other basic underpinnings.”