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Antarctic lake could reveal new life

Russian scientists said overnight a probe to a pristine lake deep under the ice of Antarctica could bring revelations on the evolution of the planet Earth and possibly even new life forms.

A Russian team drilled down to the surface of Lake Vostok, which is believed to have been covered by ice for more than a million years, in a breakthrough officially announced overnight by the Institute of the Arctic and Antarctic.

Scientists said that water samples to be taken from the lake later this year could reveal new forms of life, despite the extreme conditions.

"If we find nothing, it is also a discovery, because on Earth at the moment nowhere has been found that is sterile without bacteria.''

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