SIU Researcher-Led Team Discovers New Life Deep Beneath the Desert.

Nov 27, 2019

A new form of life has been discovered in water over half a mile underground in the Nevada Desert.

The water, collected at the bottom of a well on the site of a former underground nuclear test site, contained the new bacteria, scientifically named Thermoanaerosceptrum  fracticalcis, was discovered by SIU Assistant Professor Dr. Scott Hamilton-Brehm and his team of researchers.

The team of researchers recently published their findings in the open source journal Frontiers of Microbiology.  You can read the research by visiting:  https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2019.02224/full

To learn more, browse to:  https://blog.news.siu.edu/siu-researcher-discovers-new-bacterium-living-deep-beneath-former-atomic-test-site/

Dr. Hamilton-Brehm's next step is presenting his work  to the National Oceanic and Atmoshperic Administration in hopes of receiving a grant, in order to further study the organism and possibly finding benefits for humans.

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