Microbes thrive below Antarctic ice. A hint of life elsewhere in solar system?

indexMultiple news outlets have featured the research of microbiology assistant professor Jill Mikucki. She was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme environment supports microbial ecosystems. The National Science Foundation-funded research has implications for life in other extreme environments, both on Earth and in the solar system. The findings are published in the science journal Nature. Some of the coverage includes The Christian Science Monitor, Scientific American, National Geographic, New Scientist, and Popular Mechanics. Mikucki was also interviewed live on the public radio program, Science Friday.