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
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.