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August 21, 2014
Antarctic Insect's Newly Sequenced Genome is Smallest to Date Antarctic Insect's Newly Sequenced Genome is Smallest to Date

Scientists who sequenced the genome of the Antarctic midge suspect the genome's small size - the smallest in insects described to date - can probably be explained by the midge's adaptation to its extreme living environment.

August 21, 2014
Confirmed: Subglacial Lake Holds Viable Microbial Ecosystems Confirmed: Subglacial Lake Holds Viable Microbial Ecosystems

In a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments, researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) this week published a paper confirming that a lake that lies 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the surface of the West Antarctic ice sheet support "viable microbial ecosystems."

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