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Submission + - Antarctic lake uncovered after 20 million years (washingtonpost.com)

Tastecicles writes: After several years of procrastination, Russian scientists have drilled through 2.2 miles of permafrost and breached the pristine waters of Lake Vostok in Antarctica. While excitement mounts over the unique life forms that may live in the lake, worry about contamination from drill lubricants and modern bacteria has always been a sticking point. Either way, it's a bit late for worrying about that now; what the Russians have is a major scientific coup. How do they plan on capitalising on this?

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