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Mar 7, 2013 16:17 Moscow Time

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Tests of water samples from Antarctica’s Lake Vostok have yielded a completely new class of bacteria, a Russian scientist has told reporters.

The frozen samples were brought up from under the Antarctic ice in May 2012.

Sergei Bulat of St. Petersburg’s Nuclear Physics Institute said they collected a core sample of water frozen into the borehole. He said the probe contained bacteria that didn’t belong to any known phyla, which is the next ranking above a class in size.

In May, the samples will be brought to the lab by the Akademik Feodorov icebreaker to confirm the discovery.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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