Be sure to read the partner piece to this entry, “What does the discovery of new life form at Mono Lake mean?”
Discovery of “Arsenic-bug” Expands Definition of Life
NASA-supported researchers have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism, which lives in California’s Mono Lake, substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in the backbone of its DNA and other cellular components. “The definition of life has just expanded,” said Ed Weiler, NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington. “As we pursue our efforts to seek signs of life in the solar system, we have to think more broadly, more diversely and consider life as we do not know it.” This finding of an alternative biochemistry makeup will alter biology textbooks and expand the scope of the search for life beyond Earth. The research is published in this week’s edition of Science Express.”
Mono Lake is here:
How will this discovery impact science? How will it interplay with evolution? Will it destroy the false concept of evolution because the phylogenetic tree has no branch for this life form? Or will it buttress it, there now being a life form that emerged from a chemical soup as the evolutionists insist man did?
Alternately, being a bacteria, is it the emergence of a one of the pestilences that are unleashed to kill a quarter of the earth in Revelation 6:8? Curiouser and curiouser. The Lord’s work is so far above our ways!